Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The Last Act of Love - Cathy Rentzenbrink

Just as school finishes, promising student Matty and his sister Cathy have a night out.  Returning home earlier, Cathy is pulled outside to find that Matty has had an accident and has to go to hospital straight away.  In this poignant memoir we join Cathy and her parents as they first sit by Mattys bedside at hospital after his Traumatic Brain Injury and as they care for him at home.

As the years go by, with no dramatic change the family realize that there is a fate worse than dying, and how their own lives are impacted by the care of Matty.  It is so hard to forgive yourself when you know you are grieving for someone while they are still alive, which is a feeling that I know many caregivers share and anybody that has lived with somebody at the end of the their lives understands.  Yet this story is about love, the love for Matty and wanting the best for him.  4/5

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