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Prayer of an Alzheimer's Sufferer by Bonnie T.  Barry

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When I saw this prayer, written by an unknown author, at the Carmelite monastery where I do volunteer work, I knew I had to incorporate it into an image and offer its consoling words to those who are suffering from Alzheimer’s as well as to family, friends, and medical personnel who care for those afflicted with this disease. I chose an image of a cloud-filled sky as the sun was setting because those with Alzheimer’s are largely in the sunset of their lives and have to contend with many issues that cloud their lives.

Prayer for an Alzheimer’s Sufferer

Please grant my visitors tolerance for my confusion,
Forgiveness for my irrationality,
and the strength to walk with me
Into the mist of memory my world has become.

Please let them take my hand and stay awhile
Even though I seem unaware of their presence.
Help them to know how their strength and loving care
Will drift slowly into the days to come
Just when I need it most.

Let them know when I don’t recognize them
that I will . . . I will.
Keep their hearts free from sorrow for me
For my sorrow when it comes only lasts a moment –
then it’s gone.

And finally please let them know
how very much their visits mean,
How, even through this relentless mystery,
I can still feel the love.



  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessabout 6 years ago

    A beautiful and moving work, my friend. I like the poster version you’ve just put on. Those are words to ponder. Agnes xx

  • ZeeZeeshots
    ZeeZeeshotsabout 6 years ago

    Tears are rolling down my face! This is a serious sickness! My grandfather and two of my aunts when thru it. They are all gone now. It was rough for all of us! Excellent findings on this poem! You did a spectacular job with this image!

  • Charlie08
    Charlie08about 6 years ago

    Oh my bonnie this is quite moving and a spoken word for those who cannot speak for themselves. Beautifully composed on one of you beautiful photos!

  • janpiller
    janpillerabout 6 years ago

    This is beautiful Bonnie. My father is in the throws of this wicked disease right now. He is being abused and manipulated by a drug addict he invited in off the street. There are no laws against elder abuse in my country – even if diagnosed with Alzheimers and found not to be capable.

  • StacyLee
    StacyLeeabout 6 years ago

    This is very touching Bonnie. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Maria Dryfhout
    Maria Dryfhoutabout 6 years ago

    This brings tears to my eyes. My dear auntie in The Netherlands is slipping away and thinks that my grandkids are hers… I just keep sending her pics to keep a smile on her face…

  • Tpp2
    Tpp2about 6 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing this writing we us Bonnie!!

  • babybird1937
    babybird1937about 6 years ago
    Thank you so much Bonine for this post. It is so beautiful and has touched me deeply. I have had several Aunts who have had Alzheimer’s and now a sister. It is so devastating to watch them slowly drift away.Another loved one is suffering from Vasculator Dementia which is close.

    I will read this prayer daily!

  • SandraRos
    SandraRosabout 6 years ago

    This is extremely beautiful, and very touching thank you for sharing.

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersabout 6 years ago

    I lost a neighbor and friend to Alzheimers’s just about a month ago. This is such a moving prayer and card. Nicely done. xo

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