Mourning Song for My Mother: A Memoir

Open Access
Schultz, Nikki Johanna
Area of Honors:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Charlotte Amalie Holmes, Thesis Supervisor
  • Lisa Ruth Sternlieb, Honors Advisor
  • Robin G Becker, Faculty Reader
  • Grief
  • Loss
  • Mourning
  • Memoir
  • Motherhood
“Mourning Song for My Mother: A Memoir” is an original creative nonfiction piece about my mother’s diagnosis with stage IIIC ovarian cancer. Based on my personal experiences with my mother’s illness and decline, this memoir highlights the challenges faced by loved ones in caring for the terminally ill as well as the bewilderment which ensues in the loss of a parent. The piece follows our mother-daughter relationship through treatment, death, and grief, exploring the ways in which the bonds of motherhood stretch beyond life.