Companionship is an important part of the care elderly people need as they reach the last stages of their lives. However, it can sometimes be difficult to go to a hospital or nursing home to see a loved one. It forces us to confront the reality of death, and it’s often uncomfortable to see someone we love in pain.
5-year-old Sophie had never met her great grandmother until this day. “Great Nana,” as the family calls her, is suffering from dementia, and the doctors don’t believe she will live much longer. She is confined to her bed and cannot speak or do much of anything for herself.
Sophie was a little bit nervous to meet this dying woman, but as soon as she arrived, things changed. She immediately snuggled into her great-grandmother’s hospital bed and began singing “You Are My Sunshine,” a song that has special significance to Sophie and her family, as she gently stroked her grandmother’s face.
Check out the touching video below.
This great-grandmother is clearly enjoying her granddaughter’s sweet voice, although she is no longer capable of forming the words to express it. These two ladies are separated by so many years—generations, in fact. They’re practically strangers, and yet they’ve already formed a beautiful bond.
If the last video wasn’t enough proof of just how touching a moment like this can be, be sure to watch the next video as well. The way Great Nana cranes her head toward the little girl and makes soft noises and movements says it all.
Posted by Yvonne Brock Miller on Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?