Sad: My Nurse-Mentor Is in Hospice

Editor’s note: Six-Word Memoirs® is a project of SMITH Magazine that challenges us to tell a story in six words. “Writing in Six Words,” says the online publication’s editor, “is a simple, creative way to get to the essence of anything—from the breaking news of the day to your own life and the way you live it.” Here are my six words, with an illustration and a little bit of the story below.


Sad: my nurse-mentor is in hospice.

Lady by Rogier van der Weyden

My nurse-mentor is young, only 64, but she has a brain tumor. I am young, too, only 63. I learned so much from her. She is in hospice care. It could be me, there, going to doctors and hospitals, learning new things about the body, the brain, the mind. But we will all remember her with love. And one day, when it is my turn, I will take my place and say goodbye. So today, I thank her for teaching, and you for listening.

First appeared in Six-Word Memoirs®,
Image credit:  Portrait of a Lady, oil on oak panel, ca. 1450,  By Rogier van der Weyden (1399/1400–1464) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

4 thoughts on “Sad: My Nurse-Mentor Is in Hospice

    1. Thank you so much, Pam. This is perfect. Yesterday I attended the memorial reception for Julie, my nurse-mentor, and then went to look for her grave at Mt. Auburn Cemetery. We couldn’t find it, but somehow that was all right; both seeking and letting go are welcome in this poignant time.


  1. Dear Mary Ann, Your six-word message really packs a punch! In about a week, I turn 62. My father died at 52; my mother died at 50. I feel blessed to be given a dividend of extra time.


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