When death approaches, Eugene Ellenberg says, we hope to have those tougher, deeper conversations that we were afraid to have when in good health.
An intimate last goodbye
Ellenberg and his siblings had many questions for their father, but they were left unanswered.
In July, Ellenberg found out that his father, also named Eugene, had lung and liver cancer that had already progressed to his bones. His mobility and his ability to communicate deteriorated very quickly, and he was gone seven days after the diagnosis.
Eugene Ellenberg is the program coordinator for Clemson University's Center for Visual Arts satellite gallery in Greenville, South Carolina.