Lunchbox/Soapbox: Susan Wyndham on Losing a Parent
We still don’t talk much about death. But when Susan Wyndham’s mother died she found comfort in talking to other people who had lost a parent, as a way to understand her grief. Some of those conversations developed into the book My Mother, My Father: On Losing a Parent, with essays by 14 writers including Helen Garner, Thomas Keneally, Mandy Sayer and David Marr.
In this talk, Susan draws on her own and other contributors' experiences. How do we handle the death of our parents? How does it change us? And how might we do better?
Susan Wyndham is the literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald. In her career as a journalist she has been editor of Good Weekend magazine, New York correspondent for the Australian and a deputy editor of the Herald.