On Living, Dying, Death, Loss, Grief, Ghosts, and Moving On

The events of my father’s death followed by my mother’s and all that arose afterwards were pivotal events in my life. They are, I would imagine, for the majority of human beings around the world. My writings on these topics took place over time and have evolved into the narrative contained within the following series of essays, ruminations, photographs, and poems.

Death is an everyday aspect of life, and yet in our culture perhaps the least visited, the least discussed, the most disturbing, the most feared, and the most liberating. Bereft of a cultural web of community grief and loss, we nowadays hurry the dying out of view and the dead into the ground or into an urn or whatever just so we can get back to what we really have reduced our lives to: being too busy. In the process of freeing ourselves up to be so busy we have unwittingly robbed ourselves of something intimate, indeed of something which can be a rich affirmation of life and purpose.

Loosely I lump the following as my “Death of my Parents” canon, and it’s much more than the deaths of Mom and Dad. Each is fully self-contained, although they do flow one to the other. Some are long, while others are short. Most have photographs, some don’t, and a few have lots and lots of pictures. I list them below in the chronology of which I published them on my website, William Dudley Bass on Earth at the Brink, although as with blogs they show up in reverse order with the last one posted at the top.

I invite you to dive on in and join me on a certain timed yet timeless odyssey.

1. “Death with Father,” http://williamdudleybass.com/death-father.

2. “My Mom & Death,” http://williamdudleybass.com/mom-death.

3. “During My Mother’s Dying,” http://williamdudleybass.com/mothers-dying.

4. “Mom Passes On: Ruminations,” http://williamdudleybass.com/mom-passes-on-ruminations.

5. “The Morning After We Buried Mom,” http://williamdudleybass.com/morning-buried-mom.

6. “Daddy’s Ghost,” http://williamdudleybass.com/daddys-ghost.

7. “Barreling Across America with my Daughter Morgan,” http://williamdudleybass.com/barreling-america.

8. “Dad’s Old Chair,” http://williamdudleybass.com/dads-old-chair.

Thank you, dear Readers.


William Dudley Bass
5 March 2012
Seattle, Washington


Copyright © 2012, 2016 by William Dudley Bass. All Rights Reserved until we Humans establish Wise Stewardship of and for our Earth and Solarian Commons. Thank you.



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