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She was senile for 10 years,

I often wrote about her here
she was related to me by marriage
I used to visit her in all seasons ..
strangely, and in as silent
way she became part of my life
and ass dear to me..

I always wondered how it was..
that she should have to spend so long
suspended between two worlds.
belonging to neither...

that never ceased to amaze me..

A happy release. I feel.. that

She passed away peacefully today.

***

I was so moved that I wrote this poem after one of my visits to
see her,
back in 2008.

It captures exactly what I felt
about her..

***

I feel we've all known someone like her..
it's why I penned this -

the common bond.

Oct 24, 2008:


- ALZHEIMERS:

'She sat by herself at an old folks home
in the glimmer of evening light
Lost and alone
in a world of her own

Anxious and looking tired..

Confused because she didn't know
WHERE she was ...
or
WHO was there
And in such a mood of quiet despair
She wandered the corridors of her mind

Fragmented memories ONLY .. to find
searching in an endless maze
for even ONE familiar face..

Hands which once wove
bright colourful threads
With the skill of an artist's pen-
now frail and old-
Fingers curled

NEVER to work again.

She studied me with an empty stare
I searched her eyes -

There was NO ONE there

but the shell of a woman
I long ago, knew
Who was wise and clever
kind 'n true..

And the hair which hung over
her gentle face
was faded .. and YET

It still had a trace of
girlish blond
with that sunlight sheen

She had ..
when she was seventeen.

I held her close and said a prayer
that God...
might enfold her
deep in His care'

And.. then
with a tearful kiss
on her cheek
In the silence of sadness

I took my leave '

Grace Nerissa:-

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Grace Nerissa wrote:
She was senile for 10 years,
I often wrote about her here
she was related to me by marriage
I used to visit her in all seasons ..
strangely, and in as silent
way she became part of my life
and ass dear to me..
I always wondered how it was..
that she should have to spend so long
suspended between two worlds.
belonging to neither...
that never ceased to amaze me..
A happy release. I feel.. that
She passed away peacefully today.
***
I was so moved that I wrote this poem after one of my visits to
see her,
back in 2008.
It captures exactly what I felt
about her..
***
I feel we've all known someone like her..
it's why I penned this -
the common bond.
Oct 24, 2008:
- ALZHEIMERS:
'She sat by herself at an old folks home
in the glimmer of evening light
Lost and alone
in a world of her own
Anxious and looking tired..
Confused because she didn't know
WHERE she was ...
or
WHO was there
And in such a mood of quiet despair
She wandered the corridors of her mind
Fragmented memories ONLY .. to find
searching in an endless maze
for even ONE familiar face..
Hands which once wove
bright colourful threads
With the skill of an artist's pen-
now frail and old-
Fingers curled
NEVER to work again.
She studied me with an empty stare
I searched her eyes -
There was NO ONE there
but the shell of a woman
I long ago, knew
Who was wise and clever
kind 'n true..
And the hair which hung over
her gentle face
was faded .. and YET
It still had a trace of
girlish blond
with that sunlight sheen
She had ..
when she was seventeen.
I held her close and said a prayer
that God...
might enfold her
deep in His care'
And.. then
with a tearful kiss
on her cheek
In the silence of sadness
I took my leave '
Grace Nerissa:-
Grace..THAT was BEAUTIFUL!!... Thank You for sharing.. Alzheimer's Disease...is TRULY a Heartache to see the One you Love... Fade away a bit each day... Forgetting the Love you both shared, forgetting the happy times experienced and recognition of your face....

The Movie..The Notebook catches the love, joy and heartache.. of exactly WHAT this terrible memory disease takes away...

Have Patience.. with those THAT suffer from this disease... WHAT you Witness..is heartbreaking.. BUT, imagine The ONE inside that is wondering.... WHY ME??.

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Grace Nerissa wrote:
She was senile for 10 years,
I often wrote about her here
she was related to me by marriage
I used to visit her in all seasons ..
strangely, and in as silent
way she became part of my life
and ass dear to me..
I always wondered how it was..
that she should have to spend so long
suspended between two worlds.
belonging to neither...
that never ceased to amaze me..
A happy release. I feel.. that
She passed away peacefully today.
***
I was so moved that I wrote this poem after one of my visits to
see her,
back in 2008.
It captures exactly what I felt
about her..
***
I feel we've all known someone like her..
it's why I penned this -
the common bond.
Oct 24, 2008:
- ALZHEIMERS:
'She sat by herself at an old folks home
in the glimmer of evening light
Lost and alone
in a world of her own
Anxious and looking tired..
Confused because she didn't know
WHERE she was ...
or
WHO was there
And in such a mood of quiet despair
She wandered the corridors of her mind
Fragmented memories ONLY .. to find
searching in an endless maze
for even ONE familiar face..
Hands which once wove
bright colourful threads
With the skill of an artist's pen-
now frail and old-
Fingers curled
NEVER to work again.
She studied me with an empty stare
I searched her eyes -
There was NO ONE there
but the shell of a woman
I long ago, knew
Who was wise and clever
kind 'n true..
And the hair which hung over
her gentle face
was faded .. and YET
It still had a trace of
girlish blond
with that sunlight sheen
She had ..
when she was seventeen.
I held her close and said a prayer
that God...
might enfold her
deep in His care'
And.. then
with a tearful kiss
on her cheek
In the silence of sadness
I took my leave '
Grace Nerissa:-
Thanks Grace.
That is a beautiful poem.

My great aunt has been fighting
Alzheimer's for the last 10 yrs.
Your poem describes her so perfectly,
and breaks my heart just to read it.

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Sorry for the loss Grace.
I hope she is at peace now.

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Thank you, Grace. Your post was beautiful.

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Such a nice tribute Grace.
She is at peace now.

Sorry for your loss.....

Peace.
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Grace Nerissa wrote:
She was senile for 10 years,
I often wrote about her here
she was related to me by marriage
I used to visit her in all seasons ..
strangely, and in as silent
way she became part of my life
and ass dear to me..
I always wondered how it was..
that she should have to spend so long
suspended between two worlds.
belonging to neither...
that never ceased to amaze me..
A happy release. I feel.. that
She passed away peacefully today.
***
I was so moved that I wrote this poem after one of my visits to
see her,
back in 2008.
It captures exactly what I felt
about her..
***
I feel we've all known someone like her..
it's why I penned this -
the common bond.
Oct 24, 2008:
- ALZHEIMERS:
'She sat by herself at an old folks home
in the glimmer of evening light
Lost and alone
in a world of her own
Anxious and looking tired..
Confused because she didn't know
WHERE she was ...
or
WHO was there
And in such a mood of quiet despair
She wandered the corridors of her mind
Fragmented memories ONLY .. to find
searching in an endless maze
for even ONE familiar face..
Hands which once wove
bright colourful threads
With the skill of an artist's pen-
now frail and old-
Fingers curled
NEVER to work again.
She studied me with an empty stare
I searched her eyes -
There was NO ONE there
but the shell of a woman
I long ago, knew
Who was wise and clever
kind 'n true..
And the hair which hung over
her gentle face
was faded .. and YET
It still had a trace of
girlish blond
with that sunlight sheen
She had ..
when she was seventeen.
I held her close and said a prayer
that God...
might enfold her
deep in His care'
And.. then
with a tearful kiss
on her cheek
In the silence of sadness
I took my leave '
Grace Nerissa:-
Phew! Beautifully put.....there but for the 'grace' of god eh?

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Grace Nerissa wrote:
She was senile for 10 years,
I often wrote about her here
she was related to me by marriage
I used to visit her in all seasons ..
strangely, and in as silent
way she became part of my life
and ass dear to me..
I always wondered how it was..
that she should have to spend so long
suspended between two worlds.
belonging to neither...
that never ceased to amaze me..
A happy release. I feel.. that
She passed away peacefully today.
***
I was so moved that I wrote this poem after one of my visits to
see her,
back in 2008.
It captures exactly what I felt
about her..
***
I feel we've all known someone like her..
it's why I penned this -
the common bond.
Oct 24, 2008:
- ALZHEIMERS:
'She sat by herself at an old folks home
in the glimmer of evening light
Lost and alone
in a world of her own
Anxious and looking tired..
Confused because she didn't know
WHERE she was ...
or
WHO was there
And in such a mood of quiet despair
She wandered the corridors of her mind
Fragmented memories ONLY .. to find
searching in an endless maze
for even ONE familiar face..
Hands which once wove
bright colourful threads
With the skill of an artist's pen-
now frail and old-
Fingers curled
NEVER to work again.
She studied me with an empty stare
I searched her eyes -
There was NO ONE there
but the shell of a woman
I long ago, knew
Who was wise and clever
kind 'n true..
And the hair which hung over
her gentle face
was faded .. and YET
It still had a trace of
girlish blond
with that sunlight sheen
She had ..
when she was seventeen.
I held her close and said a prayer
that God...
might enfold her
deep in His care'
And.. then
with a tearful kiss
on her cheek
In the silence of sadness
I took my leave '
Grace Nerissa:-
......i am so sorry for you and so happy for her......thanks, gracie, for the sentiment.......

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I'm so sorry for your loss, Grace.

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Sending support for you today. I am sorry for your loss. I did like the poem. You knew what that illness did to take her away, bit by bit. Be sure she's thanking you today for never giving up on her. If she ever knew, she probably couldn't say it to you, but felt you there in her heart.

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Condolences Grace,
blessings and comfort.
Your words sum up the mercies so well.
<3's
Grace Nerissa

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I read and APPRECIATE 'every' post above,
Thank you MOST sincerely.

It's kinda strange in a way, I feel more happy
Than sad, and the happiness is I feel
Glad FOR HER that she is gone from such
'A life sentence of a different kind'(because that's what Alzheimer's is
(as we know)

We felt we lost her ten years ago,
Still I remember many happy times coming out of
The home where she was with a smile 'cos of something she
said, she alway wanted to
'Make me a cuppa tea' thinking she was in her old
house but I must say she was extremely well looked after.
100% care all the way, all the years.
K U D O S.

*Thanks* again everyone who posted,
Proving what kind hearted folks you are.

I'm off to the funeral now... A long drive ahead

The strangest thing happened this am,
I had everything ready for the journey,
When I heard an awful racket coming from the kitchen,
When I went downstairs, a small bird had come down the
chimney and was going crazy trying to get thru 'the
window.. Which with my help,
It eventually flew to freedom.

I wondered what sign it was,
Ireland is full of old
Superstitions(:

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May God in His infinite grace bring you peace and comfort during this time of deepest sorrow and may He be with you during your travels. Thank you so much for sharing a bit of you here and most especially for the words that so eloquently defined an illness that robs us of those we hold so dear.

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I am praying for you during your time of loss.

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Grace Nerissa wrote:
She was senile for 10 years,
I often wrote about her here
she was related to me by marriage
I used to visit her in all seasons ..
strangely, and in as silent
way she became part of my life
and ass dear to me..
I always wondered how it was..
that she should have to spend so long
suspended between two worlds.
belonging to neither...
that never ceased to amaze me..
A happy release. I feel.. that
She passed away peacefully today.
***
I was so moved that I wrote this poem after one of my visits to
see her,
back in 2008.
It captures exactly what I felt
about her..
***
I feel we've all known someone like her..
it's why I penned this -
the common bond.
Oct 24, 2008:
- ALZHEIMERS:
'She sat by herself at an old folks home
in the glimmer of evening light
Lost and alone
in a world of her own
Anxious and looking tired..
Confused because she didn't know
WHERE she was ...
or
WHO was there
And in such a mood of quiet despair
She wandered the corridors of her mind
Fragmented memories ONLY .. to find
searching in an endless maze
for even ONE familiar face..
Hands which once wove
bright colourful threads
With the skill of an artist's pen-
now frail and old-
Fingers curled
NEVER to work again.
She studied me with an empty stare
I searched her eyes -
There was NO ONE there
but the shell of a woman
I long ago, knew
Who was wise and clever
kind 'n true..
And the hair which hung over
her gentle face
was faded .. and YET
It still had a trace of
girlish blond
with that sunlight sheen
She had ..
when she was seventeen.
I held her close and said a prayer
that God...
might enfold her
deep in His care'
And.. then
with a tearful kiss
on her cheek
In the silence of sadness
I took my leave '
Grace Nerissa:-
Very touching, Grace! Splendidly so, you know. And as she has found peace from that torment, may her family, and you in that family may be in the peace of special memories.
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Kathlene wrote:
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"for the words that so eloquently defined an illness"
Those "words" did NO such thing.
why are you always so combative ozzie

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Kathlene wrote:
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'..and you in that family may be in the peace of special memories....'
WHAT did you read in ANY of those words that would give you that idea??
The years before senility manifested.

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Kathlene wrote:
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"I took my leave"
Timely decision
Did ya ever think without sedation the old lady tried to kill her family?
SMACK!

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The years before senility manifested.
You got the EXACT meaning I wished to convey..
Thanks..
and thank SO very kindly for your other lovely post here.

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Miami Nice wrote:
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Ireland is full of old
Superstitions(:
And you'll hold a special place right up there with the best of them.
You didn't realise, but you paid me a very
Fine compliment in saying that(:

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