Husband Writes A Touching Letter To A Hairdresser After His Wife Dies Of Dementia
In Illinois, a hairdresser by the name of Sara Verkuilen received an unexpected and touching note. After being posted online, it’s gone viral for all the right reasons.
Sara works at a salon and a letter was left for her. A man had come in with his wife for a haircut in December and he told Sara that she was suffering from dementia. Just when the quarantine got its start in March, his wife passed away.
He wrote the note because the hairdresser had done something amazing for the 2 of them. She showed his wife all of the kindness and patience that she needed. The letter reads: “You treated her as if you’d been working with dementia patients all your life. You let us sit next to each other, and when it came time for her cut you turned her chair towards me so I could watch her expression as you cut her hair.”
Once the coronavirus pandemic caused the lockdown to start, the wife found it difficult to manage. The letter described the haircut as one of the “last, best moments of her life.”
“She felt so pretty. She visited the mirror in her bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming,” the letter goes on. “To see her so happy was priceless.”
Sara was touched that she had received such a special letter. She posted it to Facebook, including the caption: “This is why I love what I do. Thank you for this letter.”
Although no specific training for helping customers with dementia was given to Sara, she seemed to do everything that she should have done.
“I just try to treat everyone that sits in my chair with basic human respect,” she says in an interview.
“My advice for other stylists would be to just treat them as you would any other client. Sometimes things take a little longer, and it’s tough in our career because time is money but hairstylists are a special breed of people. We often do it for passion more than the money,” she continued.
The pandemic had left Sara out of work for a number of months.
The company that she was working for has gone bankrupt and the salon almost closed forever. She describes it as a “wild roller coaster of emotions.”
Since that time, Sara has gone back to work with a family friend who owns a salon. Thanks to the letter, she is feeling inspired to continue.