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Still Me ~ This is my hope and prayer.

💕 Still Me 💕

This was written with the deepest respect for those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and their dear loved ones who know the journey well. I like to believe that although memories become fragmented and misplaced, the Soul never forgets. This is my hope and prayer.

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28 thoughts on “Still Me ~ This is my hope and prayer.”

  1. My wife’s aunt Aggie was so afflicted, Natalie, and I remember her fear and angst as her memories left her. We were blessed that she was able to recognise us and our children until the day she died… ten hours before her 100th birthday. I dedicated Passion & Struggle to her. Your poem “Still Me” touched me deeply. Thank you…

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    1. Thank you for sharing this with me, John. A remarkable woman she must have been. A blessing that she always knew her family. My husband’s mom always recognised us as well, but her memories were scattered. Every day we saw her was like Christmas to her. She didn’t recall the day before, so her smile was so grand. I’ll never forget that. The little things really are the gems.

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  2. Thank you Natalie. I’m typing with tears on my face. I’ve just read this moving poem to my daughter, and she cried as well. My darling mother-in-law passed ten-years ago, tomorrow. The Alzheimer’s had been present for a good many years, and we became vague ghosts that gradually faded then disappeared from her memory. Yet each time we saw her she’d smile and introduce us as her new friends. We were with her when she passed with her innate dignity and grace, and a final smile of farewell. I’ll read this aloud tomorrow, when we will all gather to remember her with all the love and laughter she inspired.
    I have reblogged this in her memory. Thank you again, for penning all the words I couldn’t write. x

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    1. Soooz, I so wish I could hug you right now. Thank you very much for sharing this with me. It’s the very reason why I wrote it. Blessings to you and all who are celebrating her legacy today. Much love across the miles. XO

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  3. While I have no personal experience with the subject, your words are true of other life-changing events I have gone through with my father, who has passed. Elegant words, yet full of dignity and strength.

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  4. A wonderful sentiment, thoughtful, poignant, and meaningful. Thanks, Natalie. Too many of us have to feel what this means… You’ve made me think fondly of my lost friend tonight.

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  5. Natalie, you literally brought me to tears with that one. My mother suffered from dementia before passing away a few years ago. We were best friends throughout her life as well as mother and daughter. This poem says it all. So, so, beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for sharing this with me, Mae. Such a blessing to be so close to your mom. It must have been so hard to say goodbye. My mom passed away suddenly 19 years ago. I miss her every day, but I’m so grateful for the 23 years we had together. The memories really do carry us. For this I offer thanks everyday. I’m sure you do as well. ❤️

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  6. This is beautiful, Natalie. I worked with Alzheimer’s patients for many years. Some people find it easy to see them as nonhuman beings. But the spark is always there, deeper in some than in others. And when you touch it ~ fleeting thought it may be ~ your heart breaks and rejoices for the soul still waiting … ♥

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