Friday, April 13, 2012

Lessons From the Edge

Sometimes it hurts.

By now you know that just about every resident at Edgewood is my favorite, right? There are approximately 94 precious souls residing in that place, and I love each of them. In one way, or another, I have given each one of them a place in my heart. Even those I've known for just a few months have found their way into my heart. And I've liked it that way.

But now it's starting to hurt.

Not because there isn't enough room for everyone, but because it hurts when they leave.

Cancer is counting down the days for one.
Dementia has claim on another.
Still another is considering a move to a facility with more one-on-one care available.

I understand. Death and aging and needs are all a part of life. But these precious people are in my heart and I weep at the thought of letting them go.

What is your experience with saying 'Good-bye'?
Can you attest with me that, sometimes it hurts?

Karen

4 comments:

The Laundress said...

OH My Goodness....It DOES hurt.

It doesn't matter who the person is, they stole your heart....it's going to hurt.

PLUS...you are an amazingly loving and caring human being, you are going to hurt. It's nature.

I'm sending my love your way.

AND THANK YOU for checking up on me...You are so so sweet. I am fine...Will blog later.

xoxoxo

Irritable Mother said...

Janet - It does hurt, but I'm going to keep on loving, anyway. I don't want to miss the joy now just to avoid the hurt later.
Thanks for your caring words. :o)
I'm glad to know you're fine.

Leah @ Point Ministries said...

Yes, saying goodbye is terribly painful sometimes. I can only imagine how often you feel that pain working at The Edge. I know those precious ones just love you to pieces.

Irritable Mother said...

Leah - And I love them!