Alzheimer Patient's Prayer

April 17, 2015

 Pray for me, I was once like you.

Be kind and loving to me, That’s how I would have treated you.

Remember I was once someone’s parent or spouse,
I had a life and a dream for the future.

Speak to me, I can hear you even if I don’t understand what you are saying.

Speak to me of things in my past of which I can still relate.

Be considerate of me, my days are such a struggle.

Think of my feelings because I still have them and can feel pain.

Treat me with respect because I would have treated you that way.

Think of how I was before I got Alzheimer’s; I was full of life, I had a life,
laughed and loved you.

Think of how I am now, my disease distorts my thinking, my feelings, and my ability
to respond, but I still love you even if I can’t tell you.

Think about my future because I used to.

Remember I was full of hope for the future just like you are now.

Think how it would be to have things locked in your
mind and can’t let them out.

I need you to understand and not blame me, but Alzheimer’s.

I still need the compassion and the touching and most of all

I still need you to love me.

Keep me in your prayers because I am between life and death.

The love you give will be a blessing from God and
both of us will live forever.

How you live and what you do today will always be
remembered in the heart of the Alzheimer’s Patient.

 

- by Carolyn Haynali, ©2000



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