|"She's Leaving" 16" x 16" acrylic on stretched canvas, artist Gwen Duda, ©2015|
You think you are prepared for it. My mother, who has been dealing with Alzheimer's for over 10 years is leaving, I can feel it and hear it in her voice. This painting was the result of a call I had with her earlier this week. I knew there would come a day when she wouldn't know who I was and I was okay with that. My Mom was such a fun lady, and so kind that I was okay to just be a friend to her and enjoy her company. But what I wasn't ready for, was the loss of her spirit, her character, her spark. It's like there is a different person altogether on the other end of the phone and she has no interest in talking to me, or anyone else for that matter. I don't blame her one bit. The disease is winning..again.
To read more of the personal story behind this piece please go here. I wish all of you, who are struggling with loss, grief and transition strength and grace for this journey called Life. My love goes out to you.