This story appeared in the September/October 2020 of Discover magazine as “The Mourning Mind” We hope you’ll subscribe to Discover and help guidance science journalism at a time when it’s desired the most.
It was a crisp night time in June, the sky shiny from the light-weight of the total moon. I stopped at a gasoline station to gasoline up before heading to the hospital to see my father. A few months following coronary heart surgical procedures, his recently changed valve experienced started driving germs into his mind, causing a number of strokes. He was dying.
Standing at the pump,