Aunt Peggy came from Scotland when age and health had brought her to where she needed help but there was no one left back home to provide it. She moved into the spare room of my friend David’s house and became a member of the family. But over the next few years things changed abruptly in their family. David’s Dad died, David went off to university and his Mom , Nina was left with Aunt Peg alone. In the following year Nina herself developed a heart condition and the nursing home decision was suddenly thrust upon her shoulders.
Aunt Peggy was still loved and respected but placing her in nursing home care was a difficult choice that Nina had to make. How will we know it is that time for our own family? What kind of home is right for our loved one? How often should I visit and what can I do to remain a part of their life? These are the hard questions for which we will look together for answers over the next few weeks. You may be standing at this bend in your life’s road but you are not alone and God knows the way!
Sometimes we come to life’s crossroads
And we view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And he knows that it’s only a bend-
The road will go on and get smoother
And after we’ve stopped for a rest,
The path that lies hidden beyond us
Is often the path that is best.
So rest and relax and grow stronger,
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in a brighter tomorrow-
You’ve just come to a bend in the road.
Helen Steiner Rice