Jack's Recent Stories
Health Sep 16My dad’s death was nothing like I imagined
Editor’s note: This is the fifth and final installment of cartoonist Jack Ohman’s series “The Care Package,” for PBS NewsHour. For years, Ohman imagined the moments leading up to his father’s death a thousand times, but when he…
Health Jul 20In my dad’s final weeks, I was still in denial
Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of cartoonist Jack Ohman’s series “The Care Package,” for PBS NewsHour. When editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman’s father only had days left to live, he still wrote checks to pay his bills and…
Health Jun 19What I wish my dad said before he died
Growing up, Jack Ohman often saw his father with a drink in his hand and little energy to dote over his son. Decades of alcohol consumption left his dad with an entangled series of disabling health problems. In turn, Ohman…
Health May 26The last time I went fishing with my dad
Cartoonist Jack Ohman’s aging father was in no condition to go fishing, but when his dad said he wanted to go, Ohman spent days figuring out how to make the trip happen.
Health Apr 30‘Getting old ain’t for sissies’: Cartoonist Jack Ohman draws his dad’s final years
When editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman sat down to illustrate his father's final years, he did not want to sugar-coat his own experiences providing four years of long term care. Otherwise, none of it was worth doing, he explained.