“Can’t we talk about something more pleasant?”

The New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast, is the author of the graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” which will be published in May. It is a beautiful, sad and funny illustration of the issues facing adult children and elderly parents. When I read it yesterday it took my breath away because I thought that only my parents did not like me cleaning their home,  for example. It is reassuring to know that this is part of a common experience. It is also important to recognise our parents” desire for autonomy in the face of increasing vulnerability.

The memoir can be viewed at newyorker.com/sandbox/sketchbook/chast-parents/

About the Author
Bernadette Parte is the principal of Parte and Associates, Solicitors and Notaries, and is a contributor to the Senior Times magazine and website and is invited regularly to give talks on wills and probate.