Sweet Grief

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Sweet Grief is an autobiographical, experimental and fragmented account of the writer’s final months with her father. The narrative is centred around a shared food ritual—eating millefeuille—which becomes almost impossible after her father experiences a stroke. The piece is anchored by the human need to swallow. It draws together food, family, memory, grief, love, a global pandemic and the impact of bureaucratic decision-making. This reflection is multi-layered, like the millefeuille. Her father’s stroke occurred during the COVID pandemic when Western Australia effectively closed its border for 697 days, requiring the author to quarantine, twice. It explores the ‘messy’ emotions around food when a loved one must learn to swallow again and portrays the way in which food plays a ‘sticky’ role in familial relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
JournalPORTAL: Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • COVID-19
  • Father
  • Messy
  • Millefeuille
  • Stroke
  • Swallow

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