Writer live-Tweets dying dad’s last days
Comedy writer’s moving Tweets about her dying father are sad AND funny.
The Emmy-nominated writer of “Conan” has attracted a huge following to her Twitter account after choosing to add updates about the imminent death of her father, reports the Mail Online
Laurie Kilmartin’s beloved dad is dying of lung cancer. The 83 year old was admitted to hospice just over a week ago and she has taken to sharing the experience with her followers with a series of Tweets. Some have criticised her actions but that’s not stopping her. Her wry humour and sensitivity are palpable as she posts sometimes-hilarious, sometimes-sad updates.
Cheating death with humour
She’s even taken her seven-year-old son
along to the hospice and the boy’s comments are as honest as any young person’s- he doesn’t quite grasp the weight of the situation:“I said, “Grandpa's dying,” and my 7 yo son looked up at me with his big brown chocolate drop eyes and said, “what about his iPad?””
Here are a few more of her gems as she Tweets to “grieve while he’s alive so she can have fun at the funeral.”
All via @anyLaurie16
:Every day, I set a new goal of not seeing Dad's genitals when I help him off the toilet.Losing Dad, gaining followers. The Lord truly works in mysterious ways.Hospice said signs my Dad's body is shutting down: loss of appetite, loss of thirst and him looking me in the eye and calling me “handsome.”When I first heard my Dad had terminal cancer, my first thought was, why couldn't it have been mom? Just kidding! I think. Right?First 2 days of Dad's hospice, I wouldn't leave the room w/o telling him “I love you.” Now we're into day 5, I just say “We're cool, right?”And just in case you think she’s heartless:
If you use Twitter
, this remarkable exchange is heart-wrenchingly beautiful and crushingly sad, too, as it gives a glimpse into the lives of a loving family
held together with the glue of humour
, acceptance and history.
As parents, we know that life is for celebrating, and we think Laurie is doing this in style.Follow Parent24 on Twitter and join in the conversation.Have you had to deal with the loss of a parent?