(Part 1 is under construction).

Last week I was TDY to visit my parents. Mom had been in failing health for several years. She had dementia. I’ve been avoiding talking to her because she had gotten mean in her dementia. She was the most loving of mothers and I needed to remember her that way.

On March 3rd, 2024, she passed. I received the news about 5 minutes before writing this.

I got to say goodbye. I got my pictures. She was pleasant to be around. She didn’t remember me as her child. She didn’t remember having children. She remembered her husband. She trusted him for her memory. She remembered her stories when I told them to her.

Goodbye mom. I love you.

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By awa

13 thoughts on “The Last Visit – Part 2”
  1. My condolences. I lost my own mother just three months ago. I can tell you that the pain lessens with time.

  2. Very sorry to hear about this AWA. Losing a parent is tough.
    Remember the good, the bad, and the sad. She is a part of you, and keep her memories sacred.

  3. I offer you my sincere condolences.
    I, too, lost my mother to Alzheimer’s and Lewy body dementia. Same story. It still hurts to think about, but I have the memories of when she was still ‘Mom’.
    Good bless

  4. My Grandmother went to dementia or Alzheimer’s, not sure which exactly. It was horrible towards the end. Fortunately, I was one of the two people she would remember. The other was my mom. Regardless, it was the hardest thing I had ever been through up to that point. We had to move her a couple times from one home to another due to her roaming tendencies getting her expelled. Every time I went to see her, she would cry and beg me to take her home with me. I was very close to my grandparents. Being the oldest grandchild, I did hold a sort of extra special position with them. Buit watching that, and the complete blanking from one minute to the next where you’d have been there for a couple of hours and then it was like someone flipped a switch, next thing you know she was surprised you came to see her. Then she would start crying for me to take her home all over again.

    So I do understand. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone, ever. You absolutely have my sympathies.

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