The anniversary of a loved one’s death can be tough for many. Like holidays, it can be remind you of your grief all over again.
Lauren Altman says her grief, like her art, was multi-layered and complex. But as she created bright, modern, colorful collages, she found healing and freedom.
Dementia may have ended her life, but it didn’t define her. She was still my mother, who suffered from a serious disease at the very end of her long, fruitful life.
I left for college in the Fall of 2017, never mentioning to my new friends that my mom had died. I thought that if I could keep it concealed, my life could continue on.