Choosing Life to the End

  1. Regina says:

    my kids are grown but I have two therapy dogs and I visit a nursing facility with them every week. I cannot tell you that I am always eager to go but there is always a smile on my face when I leave. The joy in the faces of the aged inspires me. Some speak to me because the dogs make me different from those people who want the residents to do something. Many of my fellow handlers want to work with children. My rascals and I do both but there is a special joy in working with the aged. Sometimes even those with Altzheimers will respond. How beautiful..

  2. Beautiful! Any advice on how other families might go about doing likewise? You said your husband did the legwork…. what exactly did he do?

  3. Lonnie Veik says:

    Love what your family is doing. We have a 94 year old mother in a nursing and understand how much the residents appreciate someone visiting. Mom has been in the nursing home for 11 years so we shared in the lonesomeness of many residents that never have visitors. God Bless your family for your kindness and consideration of others.

  4. Fran says:

    Last Christmas, our family went with some local Missionaries of Charity to a nursing home. Let’s just say that these darling nuns in saris aren’t shy about corralling a load of little boys into rooms of aged and dying folks for a little Christmas cheer. Before I knew what was happening, our children were in a small room singing Silent Night to a woman who was drawing her last breath. At first, I was conflicted, but soon realized the gift this moment was for everyone in the room. You have done a beautiful thing for God!

  5. Mae Simpson says:

    This is beautiful. You’re children will never forget the love they brought to the elderly and yes they will value life from conception until natural death. I am going to put your family in my daily prayers and thanks for sharing your testimony with all of us. May God continue to bless all of you and keep you in His care. Happy New Year.

  6. Jenny says:

    Oh Ana how lovely!

    Did Mike seek out a nursing home with an existing program for you guys to get involved in, or did they make an exception for you?

  7. Rosalina Padilla says:

    I have been going to visit our local Convalescent home. My God-mother was a resident there for over eight years. I am an E.M. in my parish, so I have been taking Holy Communion to them also, They are part of my life, and I feel so blessed to be able to serve them. My family also participates at different occasions

  8. Annery says:

    What a lovely perspective. We have an elder neighbor whom the girls have adopted. Such a sweet thing.

  9. Amanda says:

    I take my kids out every couple of weeks to visit a hospice patient in a nursing home. I never thought about it the way you put it, but we get the same reaction. No matter how ornery they are, everyone is thrilled to see them. And we have never once seen another child there. It’s hospice, so we’ve lost friends, but that’s part of life too. This was very encouraging for me, thanks.

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