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The Gift of Dementia

I've written elseware
About the slow decline and loss
Of my mom to dementia.
Reading an account of someone
Who lost their mom to Covid,
I found a gift in my dementia journey:
Mom's passing was long,
And supremely uncomfortable.
By the time the end came
More than anything
I felt relief.
The gift? Time.
I got to prepare.
I got lots of chances to be with her.
I got to sit and hold hands and sing to her.
I got to say good bye.
Others are not so lucky.

17 March 2023

by Bill Cattey