This poem’s message is one that many of our clients deal with on a regular basis. The beginning of our position in client’s lives often comes at a time when family is trying their best to hold on to the person they once knew. Unfortunately, due to dementia the client themselves is having so many challenges to just simply be. The balance of this causes a lot of pain and this poem exemplifies how someone who is loosing themselves might feel.
Do Not Ask Me to Remember
Do not ask me to remember,
Don’t try to make me understand,
Let me rest and know you’re with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I’m confused beyond your concept,
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you
To be with me at all cost.
Do not lose your patience with me,
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting,
Can’t be different though I try.
Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone,
Please don’t fail to stand beside me,
Love me ’til my life is done.
– Owen Darnell