This particular patient’s illness had made it difficult to communicate anymore. Most of his decisions were now made his loved ones. Often it comes to this, where our beloved spouse or parent and grandparent can no longer effectively communicate. Sometimes it is because of cancer, and a “sudden” turn for the worse means a patient chatting in the morning transitions to someone incapable of talking by the evening. Or the patient slowly walks the darkening, years-long road of dementia, eventually unable to speak or comprehend words.
But with many of these folks, certain words, songs and memorabilia will still trigger a positive, life-affirming response. As the chaplain reported the situation, each time this patient was asked if he wanted to pray, he gave an affirmative nod and then, as the chaplain began, “Our Father, who art in heaven…” the patient joined in. Read More →by