Saying farewell and giving one final hug to friends (new and old) who respect you, understand you, and whose love is 100% unconditional is hard work. My B.U.B. and I talked about this and I then blogged Wrapped in a cocoon after attending our first ADI conference in 2012; we have talked about it again today as we have spent time with friends, new and old, who get ‘it’, and get us. People either experiencing having the presence of Mr Dementia in their lives, or who are friends who are supporting us through it.
Although we have lost many friends, and have no close immediate family who offer us any support, apart from some aunts and cousins from afar, we are truly lucky to have friends we love, and who love us. It does, indeed, make saying goodbye that much harder, but hopefully, we will all meet up again. For those of us living with dementia, of course, we do worry we might not remember our family or friends into the future, but, they will remember us, so not all is lost…we may be changing, but we are always, 100%, still here.