There are moments in life when we feel the tangible touch of LOVE and GOODNESS. Tears of emotion appear and the heart cries out “How good is God!” We feel then that life, although difficult, is beautiful and really worth living well. I would now like to share with you my reflections of these moments.
As a friend of St. Joseph’s Senior Home, I follow all of the media sites on a regular basis. I learn all the news from Facebook, Blogs and YouTube. The latest post regarding one of the residents, Irene Butrico, prompted me to ponder, stop and return my thoughts to the Lord.
I looked at the photos, read a poem written by nurse Mary Ellen and I felt the desire to thank those through whom the Lord Jesus works. Thank you to those who see a human being in people who are scared or have dementia. A person who has had a past, a family, friends, maybe a career. A person who had dreams, desires, enjoyed life, was able to make decisions for herself and others. Perhaps she raised a lot of children, cooked thousands of dinners, earned thousands of dollars… and now… she can only look, maybe gently smile and maybe sometimes be difficult, aggressive, depressed.
Whomever has worked with elderly people knows that such caring service brings many challenges to the resident, the family and the staff. The employees of St.Joseph’s are not afraid of these difficulties! Calmly, with a smile on their faces, they do everything to make St. Joseph’s Home, not an institution but a home sweet home. It is a place where an elderly, ailing person says goodbye to earthly life and welcomes their eventual Heavenly reward.
On behalf of those who can no longer express their gratitude, who already lack words, I thank you and wish you strength, perseverance and endless enthusiasm and faith in the knowledge that such hard work makes sense. It’s worth it, it’s worth it, it’s really worth it…
May the Good God reward you all!
St.Joseph’s Family – you are wonderful!
BUT I DO
You might think, when you’re looking at me, when I’m looking at old family pictures that I don’t remember you, but I do.
You might think I don’t remember the good old times we had when I’m looking at those pictures, but I do.
You might think I don’t remember I used to baby sit you and all the good times we had doing that, but I do.
However, somewhere in the back of my mind I remember everything I just can’t always tell you I remember, but I do and I can tell you, if I could, I will always love you even though I can’t tell you, but I do.
~Mary Ellen Lehaf
Nurse at St. Joseph Nursing Home
Do not ask me to remember,
Don’t try to make me understand,
Let me rest and know you’re with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand,
I’m confused beyond your concept,
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me,
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting,
Can’t be different though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don’t fail to stand beside me,
Love me ‘til my life is done.
~ Owen Darnell