What a dying young father taught a Toronto reporter about grappling with loss in her own life

Source: CBC, October 2020

A Toronto journalist who documented her friend’s multi-year journey with cancer, and his efforts to leave behind a legacy for his young son, says she never predicted the experience would help her deal with losing her own father to COVID-19 this year.

“Writing about these last years of Layton’s life helped me in this very unexpected way with coping with, you know, all of the grief that came with losing my dad,” Dakshana Bascaramurty told The Current’s Matt Galloway.

“It was very much informed by … how I focused those last conversations with Layton.”