WRITING ABOUT THE DEAD presents memoirists with a special set of problems, as well as remarkable freedom, and each writer will wrestle and debate with the ups and downs of the assignment in his or her own way and time. The one thing that is guaranteed to each of us as we write about the dead, though, is insight. It’s an undeniable, unavoidable gift that comes with time, distance, and the particular brand of reflection only writing allows.
But what to do with that insight? For instance, can you replace the judgments you once had and recast a relationship in a more healing light? Let’s ask Virginia Simpson, author of the highly-acclaimed, just-published, The Space Between, A Memoir of Mother-Daughter Love at the End of Life.