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Remember the elderly with love

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

I could not imagine a life without visiting my parents and grandparents. They were very much a part of my life.

We loved and respected our elderly relatives and gathered around them. They’ve lived a lot, loved a lot, lost a lot, and deserve our respect.

There are so many elderly today who wait for a visit from their grown children and grandchildren who never come. They wait for the phone call that never rings.

Mothers’ arms once cradled her children and kissed them tenderly, caring for them through the night when they were ill. Now, they’re left feeling alone, unloved and forgotten by the ones they love the most.

They spent their lives loving and caring for the ones they now miss so terribly. If only their children could find time in their busy lives for them before it’s too late and their time runs out. There’s nothing sadder than an elderly person dying alone.

As a nurse, I’ve seen it. Families choose not to come to their bedside, so nurses take their place. Family members should try to imagine what that elderly person is feeling, and reach out and show them love again instead of cold indifference. It doesn’t take that much time out of their busy schedules.

Is it really that hard to show someone you still love them? All they want is to see your face, hear your voice, and get a hug once in a while. Is that too much to ask for an elderly parent’s heart to hope for?

To be loved again. … Love is an action, not just a word. Love is a verb.

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