Former U.S. Poet Laureate Donald Hall wrote a volume of poetry entitled Without: Poems after his poet wife Jane Kenyon died of leukemia in 1995. The poems are raw and touching and so full of love and pain. Anyone who has experienced love and loss will find his words resonant.
Is the ultimate experience of intimacy to watch a loved one die? Such an incredible gift to the dying one, such a responsibility for the survivor.