is hard to see someone suffer through Alzheimer’s disease. In
the later stages, they are just a shell of who they used to be.
You talk to them, and wonder, if they are hearing what you’re
saying. What if, if anything is going on in their mind? I believe
that God has a special place for people such as these. That although
they seem to not be mentally with us, that God is holding them
in His arms, taking care of them.
had gotten used to the fact that my grandma had Alzheimer’s. At
first it was really difficult, because it seemed like every time
we saw her, she was a little more distant, a little less like
the grandma that I knew and loved. After a while you start to
accept it. But, the last few months had been harder, because you
know that the end is near. That she won’t be with us much longer.
You take for granted, the fact that someone is always there, but
when you know that their demise is close at hand, you realize
that a time is coming when they won’t be there anymore. The memories
will still be there, however, and that gives me comfort.
I was a kid, we lived only two blocks away from Grandma and Grandpa
Barber, and used to go over to their house often with my mom.
They always had paper and stuff like that, that Grandma would
bring home from work, at NBD, for us to color on. We had toys
to play with and books to read. We liked to play outside, and
jump off the porch, over the flower bed- which sometimes we landed
in- onto the grass, when no one was looking.
times my mom would work nights and Grandma would watch us overnight.
One thing I always enjoyed, was the well stocked cupboard full
of cereal. She would always let us have cereal before bed-a privilege
that I could not enjoy at home-, and she always had our favorites
are many other memories, but what I cherish the most, is how much
she loved us grandkids.
used to tuck us in before bed. I remember her playing tapes for
Rian and I and she would sing Sunday schools songs with us. I
always slept on the outside of the bed and Rian slept by the wall,
so when she would crawl over to give Rian a goodnight kiss, she
would nearly smother me. But that’s O.K. She would say bedtime
prayers with us and take us to church on the Sundays that we were
over. She loved Jesus and taught us to love Him too.
said: “ Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe
also in Me. In my Father’s house are many dwelling places; if
it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place
for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again
and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
And you know the way where I am going.” (John 14:1-4)
this Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one
comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
bad as she may have gotten and as sad as it may be, we ought to
cheer up, because she is home with Jesus.
Bible says in the Book of Revelation:
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no
longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or
crying, or pain. And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold,
I am making all things new’.” (Revelation 21:4,5)
Bible also says that to be absent from the body, is to be present
with the Lord. So, while her body, may be dead, her spirit is
can only imagine what she must have thought, when she met face
to face with her Heavenly Father. What did she say? What did she
do? How great that must have been to be in the Glory and Presence
of almighty God.
can only imagine.