John Marsden Writing Topic #411

Describe the most painful experience of your life**

The most painful experience of my life was losing my Nan (my father’s mother).

My Nan was the first grandparent of mine to die and she was the grandparent that I was closest to. She died of lung cancer when I was 14. She died a painful death and over four months I was watched her deteriorate, her last words to me were “who’s that?”

Her death marked the first real loss I had ever experienced in my life, I knew she was going to die but knowing never eased the pain.

rachel and Nanny loveday 1990 rachels in a dress that was jennys when she was a baby

Me and my Nan in 1990. This was probably one of our first photos together.

**Reference: Marsden J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.

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