09 September 2014

"How could they?"

The first words I uttered after listening to the 85 year old woman’s story – “How could they?” It was the first week into my new job as a pastoral associate in my home church when I received a call to visit a woman who was afraid of being in her own home. My first thought was that perhaps she may be suffering from dementia, but just a few minutes into her story – collaborated by her niece who had recently become her caregiver – I knew it was not dementia.  Instead it was a cruel and frightening experience that had left this lovely but fragile woman in a state of panic at every knock on her door.   

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