Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Moving Miss Peggy by Robert Benson

One of the books I brought back from BEA is Robert Benson's beautiful book, Moving Miss Peggy.
Subtitled "A Story of Dementia, Courage, and Consolation", it's the account of Benson's family coming together when they realized Benson's mother had dementia.

In a moving story full of love and poetic phrasing, Benson describes his mother's life. She was a strong woman who lived through rough times, was widowed early, knew loss of those she loved, including one of her children. When Miss Peggy's children realized she was starting on a downward slope, they came together to discuss her future and long-term care. And, they started early enough that Miss Peggy could help with those decisions. Benson says, "It is the story of the beginning of the end of her life."

And, the lessons of Miss Peggy's life were lessons for her entire family, beginning with her children. "While we were moving Miss Peggy, we learned some new lessons about the woman we love. We learned things about how to care for her in this new world, how to face the dark of the future, and how to fall in love again with our family as we began this new and difficult journey."

Benson includes the practical lessons they learned along the way. But, the beauty of the book actually comes from the love he shares in this book, love of his mother, and family love. As he writes about the process of decision making, he takes readers along with him.

Don't hesitate to pick up Moving Miss Peggy. It's not a depressing story of a woman with dementia. It's the story of a family coming together in love to make the best decisions they can for the woman they love. Robert Benson succeeds in sharing that love in every page of this moving account.

Robert Benson's website is

Moving Miss Peggy by Robert Benson. Abingdon Press. 2013. ISBN 9781426749575 (hardcover), 163p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The book was handed out at BEA.


PSKarr said...

This is a topic that is always painful. I always think of The Notebook when I come across this topic. Your review is very thoughtful, and I am sure this will be a poignant book, even if the focus is on familial love.

Thanks for sharing.

Lesa said...

Thank you. It is a painful topic, but Benson's book adds such beauty to it.