Posted by Barbara Sternfield

created at: 2011-05-09I was asked to visit Thelma* in one of the nursing homes where I conduct the Jewish Healing Connections monthly Nursing Home/Assisted Living Shabbat and Holiday Program. The request originated with Thelma’s daughter who lives out of state.  When I spoke with her before visiting her mother, she told me that her mother had experienced a stroke and was unable to speak but she still had some ability to comprehend. She also shared with me that religious ritual was not particularly meaningful to her mother.

I had intended to visit Thelma in her room but when I arrived the staff had already brought her to the Shabbat program. As the program progressed, I noticed that she was weeping.

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*Name changed to protect privacy.