Waltzing the Reaper is a deeply moving and humorous look at the patient and caregiver journey through the dying process and a last opportunity to mend a broken family relationship.
The play concerns a once-vital, still witty woman, Vera who has been resuscitated despite her Living Will. Now she must depend on a relative she never liked to get her out of the hospital and home where she can make peace with her family and die with dignity under hospice care.
Vera asks, “Why do my offspring want to keep me here like this, preserved but not alive? I can’t talk, read, sing, dance, even look out the window. How long must I endure this? Until they’re ready to let me go I suppose. How could I have raised such cowardly children?”