"To Be Dying Under Their Wings is a Weird Miracle"


  • David W Jardine University of Calgary




hermeneutics, Gadamer, grief, memory, subjectivity, ecology


In this paper, the author responds to the Moules and Estefan (2018) Editorial “Watching My Mother Die: Subjectively and the Other Side of Dementia” with a hermeneutic interpretation of memory, remembering, forgetting, grief, and subjectivity. 


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