‘Becoming a midlife orphan made me feel anchorless’

Losing your last parent brings with it an intense sense of grief – but when you’re an adult, the significance of that milestone is often downplayed. Lauren Libbert explores why becoming an orphan at this age is loaded with complexity

In My Own Words

LOSING YOUR LAST surviving parent unearths the very singular grief of being an orphan, of no longer being somebody’s daughter or son. It brings into sharp focus your own mortality now you’re ‘top of the tree’, which then permeates every aspect of your...

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