They say Alzheimer’s is a series of goodbyes. And It’s true. I have said goodbye to so many things I had with Mom. What has been a surprise is that the very last goodbye has been harder than I ever expected.
I said goodbye to Mom knowing who I was on my 51st birthday. Then I said goodbye to understanding her conversations late last year. Finally, I said goodbye to walking in the regional park, watching kids at the swimming pool, or even going out to eat.
What I didn’t expect, and surprisingly wasn’t ready for was to say goodbye on March 31st, 2020. Mom lived in the memory care residence for 3 years and 2 weeks. Both my sister and I thought she’d be there a lot longer. A whole lot longer.
Many people have asked me if she died from the Covid-19 virus. The answer to that is no. She died from Alzheimer’s disease. I have her death certificate and her official cause of death is not eating or drinking for 2 days caused by Alzheimer’s.
In this episode, you’ll hear from Laura (oldest grandkid), her Fading Memories son-in-law, and a really, long time friend. I hope you enjoy this special tribute.
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