A Memoir of Parting
A Memoir of Parting is the story of a well-balanced love as it slowly becomes unequal. When mental and physical health decline, the healthier one picks up the slack, first to compensate for lapses or limitations, until the balance permanently shifts. Love stretches when one must care for the other; love deepens with the knowledge that “parting” is inevitable.
“With tender honesty and lyrical prose, Carol Rottman traces the undeniable course of her life partner’s decline in mind and body. Anyone who has traveled this painful journey with a loved one will be moved by her unflinching candor, sturdy faith and gratitude for little blessings, from sharing a beautiful autumn day and gatherings of grandkids to giving him one last loving haircut.”
— Charles Honey, Award-winning religion columnist for The Grand Rapids Press
“Carol Rottman’s account of her husband’s dementia and death proves the adage: “We are powerless, but not helpless.” She is both lyrical and devastating as she describes the man who was her husband and then became her life. This book is for those who have relatives suffering from Alzheimer’s, but I hope it will also be read by virtually anyone who must deal with caregiving. No one will be disappointed.”
— Dr. John M. Mulder, Former President of Louisville Presbyterian Seminary and co-author with Paul Scallion, The Spiritual Lives of Dying People
Carol J. (Vanden Bosch) Rottman is the author of All Nature Sings: A Spiritual Journey of Place and Writers in the Spirit: Inspiration for Christian Writers. She lives in Grand Rapids, MI and returns often to her home state of Colorado and a mountain cabin in Marble, CO.
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