Christmas, grief, dementia and remembering

Having lost my mother in law to ovarian cancer in 2005, it was a sad first Christmas without my father in law. I can recall his and our tears that first Christmas without her. We spent it with my parents, partly because they are elderly now and we are lucky to still have them, and partly…

The power of touch

Published this week in DPS News was another inspiring article. Dementia: power of touch Wednesday, 14th November 2012 In Health & Wellness “A new approach to caring for people with advanced dementia is improving the quality of life for those who can no longer move and have limited capacity to communicate. University of Western Sydney…

On death and dying

I’ve published parts of the last two paragraphs of this blog before, but felt it worthy of re-blogging. Death and dying is a part of life, and the bonus of being given the possibility of a more finite time to live is that it does make you think very deeply about your life. Yes, I do believe it is…

Remember the children

My blog today was to be about what assets I still have, and the things my advocacy and blog are achieving, but after reading Remember the children in the Australian Ageing  Agenda , I felt it too important a topic not to add this as my blog for today. It is not just after the…

Emily Brontë, grieving and dementia

I’ve been reading some Emily Brontë poems lately, and have thought about grieving and dementia in relation to her poem Remembrance. The danger of grieving is that the dead can become more real to you than the living, and you can love them more in death than when they were alive, somehow take more notice of…

Farewell to my father in law

Farewell Dad. We have family and friends attending the funeral for my father in law today, and yesterday my dear husband and I farewelled him privately at the funeral home. My husband and best friend, who is Dad’s eldest son, also has the same name, the 3rdgeneration to have been named Peter Watt, and all…

Eulogies and funerals

Writing the Eulogy and funeral service for someone you love is quite the emotional roller coaster ride. On the weekend we made plans to bury my father in law later this week, and have been given the job of writing the Eulogy and Funeral Service. Not stepping on toes is challenging. Being inclusive of everyone is…