The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 80

BY KAREN ADAMS

DANCING
Into Eternity
The stages of dealing with the death of a spouse
are likely common to all who must endure it.
Perhaps it's a keen, conscious appreciation of
each of those stages that brings the survivor most
fully to peace with the loss.
BY KAREN ADAMS

Dancing at FloydFest
Ed McGrath and Karen Adams looked forward to
the music festival every year.

OF ALL THE HAPPY IMAGES I have of my husband,
Ed McGrath, my favorite one appeared in a dream, a month after
he passed away.
He walked out from our sunlit
woods, in his softest blue shirt.
He held one hand toward me,
with a grin and a skip in his step,
like a jig. Then I woke up.
Ed had not been able to walk,
let alone dance, for many months
since he was diagnosed with
brain cancer in 2014 and life
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fell apart. But his love of music
stayed with him to the end. He
had always been a quiet, reserved
man, yet when the music moved
him, whether at FloydFest-his
favorite annual event-or in the
kitchen at home, he would get
up and dance. He did a shuffling
sort of twist, his own modest,
Ed-style boogie.
By late January 2015, he was
bedridden, unable to speak or
remember much. One evening,
while we were watching "Song
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Roanoker - May/June 2016

Roanoker - May 2016
Letters & Notes / Worth a Click
From the Editor
The Streets of Roanoke
The Gist
Events
The Best of Roanoke 2016
The Father's Day Ride
Til Death Do Us . . .
Dancing into Eternity
Roanoke, Henry Street and All That Jazz
Dream Kitchen
Warm Dining Rooms
The Dish
Where Are They Now?
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Intro
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Roanoker - May 2016
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Cover2
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 3
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 4
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 5
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 6
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 7
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Letters & Notes / Worth a Click
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 9
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - From the Editor
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 11
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - The Streets of Roanoke
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 13
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - The Gist
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Events
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - The Best of Roanoke 2016
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - The Father's Day Ride
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Til Death Do Us . . .
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Dancing into Eternity
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Roanoke, Henry Street and All That Jazz
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Dream Kitchen
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - 91
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Warm Dining Rooms
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The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - The Dish
The Roanoker - May/June 2016 - Where Are They Now?
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