Tweeting grief

Scott Simon of NPR has been with his mother this past couple of weeks as she journeyed towards death. If you did not follow his tweets on Twitter – here is the story and his words. It was an amazing and touching time:


Scott first received word of his mother’s illness on July 16, which he relayed to his Twitter followers with a taste of her humor:

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Mother called: “I can’t talk. I’m surrounded by handsome men.” Emergency surgery. If you can hold a thought for her now…

15 DAYS AGO

Initially, it appeared her surgery had gone well and her recovery was just a matter of time.

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

Tnx for nice thoughts for my mother. She’s in recovery now, wheezing jokes through oxygen tube! Inspiration in aspiration!

15 DAYS AGO

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As her condition worsened, the two of them found solace in one of their most cherished activities: singing together.

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

My mother & I just sang Que Sera Sera 3 times. God bless you Doris Day for giving us such a great theme song.

5 DAYS AGO

Scott Simon

@nprscottsimon

My mother drifts to sleep listening to Nat’s Unforgettable. I keep things light, but moments like this hard, if sweet.

4 DAYS AGO

Read it all here.

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  1. tgflux

    I think Twitter was invented the year my mom died (2007)? I wouldn’t have wanted to live-tweet (death-tweet?) her passing, but I can respect Simon for doing so. May his mom RIP.

    JC Fisher

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