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I know first hand that many seniors are alone in nursing homes. My mom has been in one now for the past year with failing health and the battle of dementia. It is a painful process to watch a parent die. I did that two years ago when my dad died in the hospital waiting to get into a nursing home. There is tremendous guilt when I don’t visit her every week and take it to two week visits. I have to be in a very strong emotional place the day before I know I will see her and it bothers me for days after to see her dying before my very eyes. The sadness and depression that can set in is emotionally draining. It is difficult also for my two teenage boys to see their grandmother, who they love so much, end her life in such a heartbreaking way.
Thank you for making this comment. I practically visit my mum every day (sometimes with other surprise family guests!) and know she looks forward to the visit. It does make a difference.
It will be the 65th Anniversary of V-E Day in May.