“Did You Know My Wife Died?”

I got a call one day from the activity director at a nursing home. She said, “There is a man here who is going to die, I think, if you can’t help him.” She explained that his wife died. His children came to town, moved him out of his home and into the nursing home and held her funeral service without him. He lost his wife, his home and total control of his life in a single twenty four hours period. He wanted to die. He just lay on his bed, staring out the window, refusing to eat – refusing to do anything.

I sent a volunteer to see him. Later that day, she came by my office. She told me she had talked for two hours to him and had completely run out of things to say. Then he turned to her and asked, “Did you know my wife died?” She said, “Yes”. He started to cry. As he told her the whole story, they began a friendship that lasted many years. Please contact Inez for more info at 254-772-8100 x 106.

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