It will be seven years this July since my dear friend Geri Danzig passed away. I think about her often, like this week when one of my orchids rebloomed–a rare event for me, but Geri had the magic touch with orchids. Her memory is alive, thriving and playful in 15-year-old Bouton, the beautiful blue-eyed cat who joined our family when Geri could no longer care for her.

I wrote this essay about Geri several years ago. It was to appear in an anthology about women’s health issues, but the book was never published, and the editors released the work back to the authors last year. Now I’m happy to have my tribute see the light of day in the appropriately titled literary journal, Lumen. Here’s “Dying is Hard.”