Dear Carol: My mom died a month ago and Dad is in a nursing home with mid to late-stage Alzheimer’s. Mom had visited him every day until shortly before she died. At the time, it seemed that Dad didn’t even recognize Mom when he saw her, but now that she’s gone Dad’s going downhill fast and the doctor says he doesn’t expect Dad to live much longer. We told Dad about Mom’s death and we took him to the funeral for a short while, but he seemed unaffected. Could Dad really understand that Mom died?
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