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Aug 16, 2016

Taking care of your dying grandmother

Taking care of your dying grandmother

Marisa Vesco, 85, suffered from incurable liver cancer and in the last months of her life. Her daughter Chiara assisted her where she could and cherished the time she was able to help her mother.
A simply beautiful series of photos.

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Marisa Vesco smiles as she sinks her face into the chest of her granddaughter, the photographer Gaia Squarci in Cossato, Italy, February 5, 2015. This was the day Gaia learned her grandmother suffered from incurable liver cancer. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Marisa Vesco reaches for a magazine in a bedroom of her apartment in Cossato, Italy, June 7, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Chiara Micheletti embraces her mother Marisa Vesco in her room at a hospice where she stayed for a month and a half before her death in Biella, Italy, August 21, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Chiara Micheletti helps her mother Marisa Vesco take a shower in Cossato, Italy, June 7, 2015. Marisa suffered from incurable liver cancer and in the last months of her life she was not able to bathe herself. Her daughter Chiara cherished the time she was able to help her mother. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Marisa VescoÕs ashes are spread by her nephew Luca Squarci at her favourite location where she grew up near Cossato, Italy, December 16, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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The pills taken by Marisa Vesco to alleviate the symptoms of liver cancer are photographed on her bed in Cossato, Italy, June 23, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Chiara Micheletti helps to bathe her mother Marisa Vesco in Milan, Italy May 21, 2015. Marisa suffered from incurable liver cancer and in the last months of her life needed assistance. Her daughter Chiara cherished the time she was able to help her mother. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Marisa Vesco eats ice cream in her bed in Cossato, Italy, June 30, 2015. Marisa suffered from liver cancer and a loss of appetite during the last months of her life; eating ice cream was one of her few pleasures. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Marisa Vesco eats breakfast in her bed at her home in Cossato, Italy, June 24, 2015. Marisa suffered from liver cancer and a loss of appetite during the last months of her life. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Marisa VescoÕs perfume bottles, almost all of which were empty, sit on the edge of the bath at her home in Cossato, Italy, February 5, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Marisa Vesco embraces her nephew Luca Squarci during a visit to Cossato, Italy, June 22, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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Old family photographs are seen on Marisa VescoÕs bed as she works on creating a family album with her granddaughter, the photographer Gaia Squarci in Cossato, Italy, July 1, 2015. GAIA SQUARCI/REUTERS

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