Dead mom talking: an intimate mother-daughter journey
Elaine Mitchell had some advice for her daughter Rachel, before she died: "If you're sad be sad … let yourself feel it."
To feel as close to her mother as possible, Rachel often visits a memorial bench in Toronto's Cedarvale Ravine. She sits on the bench, which is beside a gravel path, under tall trees, and chats with her mom. The bench is a place where Elaine wanted people she knew to come and talk to her after she was gone.
When Elaine found out that she didn't have long to live, her daughter Rachel moved in to take care of her. Rachel recorded their conversations, creating an intimate archive of the little time they had left together. And when Elaine died, Rachel did something wonderful — and a little strange — with that tape.