It's not easy to reconcile the death of a parent at any age. Distance, dementia and an already difficult relationship compound matters. My go-to response is to shove the issues aside, but COVID-19 made this difficult. There was nowhere to hide except in my head. Writing has always helped me to find meaning. These are the words that came out.
About the author
Maura Pierlot is an award-winning author and playwright based in Canberra. Her writing often explores identity, self and memory and, more recently, mental health issues. Visit: maurapierlot.com and fragmentstheplay.com.