Dec. 16/17
 
A week ago today I told you about the passing of one of my clients…since that time his daughter has asked me to continue visiting her mother who lives in the same long term care home, and to bring my dog each time I come, since her mother loves dogs. I returned 3 days ago for the first time since her father passed away with our canine “angel” Malaika (whose name literally means “angel” in Swahili!). I walked by my previous client’s room and noticed that someone else had already moved in…it was clearly just the circle of life happening, but it brought a new brief wave of sadness nonetheless as I reflected on the loss that those left behind were feeling in these days.
 
I’m glad to know that my new visits with Malaika may help to fill a small part of that void. Malaika has already received many loving caresses from some of the residents at this home; for the one resident who has memory impairment, she experienced Malaika as a wonderful “new” visitor in her life at least half a dozen times in the space of 10 minutes, each time with the joy that can usually only be found in seeing something for the very first time…we all have opportunities to show compassion to others each day and the ripples of that can fortunately continue even after someone passes away…