“For those of us who are still engaged in wishful thinking about the end of life, Melanie Merriman’s memoir is a wake-up call and a gentle guide through the daily, weekly, monthly, yearly journey of helping the people we love through the difficult process of aging to a soft landing. She is honest about how hard this work is for loving caregivers as well as for their parents. Read it and be prepared!”

Ellen Goodman, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and founder of The Conversation Project