Ajax - Pickering, Ontario. 2016 - 2017.
I had the privilege to grow up close with my grandfather, and the privilege to hold his hands in his final days.
In 2012 my grandfather was first admitted to the hospital after facing a heart attack. From here, his unfortunate decline began. He suffered from an array of illnesses over the last couple of years of his life, with the worst being dementia. From being in and out of hospitals, to the eventual admittance of a nursing home, our family kissed him goodbye many times. Sitting around his bed, we would stay by his side as we were told that this was his time. Yet time and time again, he would pull through, and we would go on to continue this cycle.
Three Years Goodbye explores the downfall of my grandfather’s health, the decline of the family home, and the inevitable outcome. In attempt to preserve the home we all knew and loved, this is a document of the deterioration and dismantling of his property. It is a personal exploration of dealing with illness and accepting loss. This work is dedicated to the man who helped raise me, to the home we all felt at ease in, and to the people who shared this experience with me.