Poem: Alzheimer’s Patient’s Prayer

Alzheimer's Patient's Prayer

Alzheimer’s Patient’s Prayer
by
Carolyn Haynali

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 too.

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.

Please leave your thoughts and comments

  • Ana Cesani

    Love this prayer and I know for a fact that is what my mother feels.Some times I can almost read whats on her mind,and when she can’t express it she shuts down in frustration but I comfort her by telling her I understand and give her a kiss.

  • Eddy Parke

    I read this at my mother funeral. I reherest it… so it wouldn’t cry.. and yet my voice cracked. My speech followed. This disease is unforgiving. I lived with it for 10+ years and at the there are no winners. Unless you the people left you with a lot of love. So Thank God To great parents and grandparnents that left great love to a grandson. Both lived to 50 years of marriage and parents to 25 years before dad passing. A lot love in the family. Something that cant be measured in wealth!

  • Michelle

    This is wonderful!

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