These may not be the images that get the most likes on social media (unless you're a celebrity), but they are often the moments that, when we close our eyes and settle into the contentment and satisfaction of an event, that we return to. Not the bucket list items or the show-stopping exhibitions.
Really, I don’t know if I would have been able to complete my program if it weren’t for the pandemic.
Last week it dawned on me that 2021 was a week away but I haven't seen any posts about revelatory visions or grand epiphanies, despite a year where so many things occurred and so many truths were indeed revealed. Then it clicked.
My mother remembered a lot of the words to our favorite Christmas carols. Surprisingly, my father chimed in with his baritone voice... "deep in heavenly peace."
As a caregiver, particularly to someone living with dementia, I suppress my emotions so as not to trigger inconsolable fear or sadness in my mother. See, for someone with Frontotemporal Dementia, it can be nearly impossible for them to recognize, compartmentalize, and regulate emotional responses. Learning of the death of a loved one could lead to attempts to take one's own life, but the death of a perfect stranger or familiar celebrity may have an equally significant impact.