Donna, Elaine’s best friend visiting her this week, warmly greeted Mom and me as we entered the kitchen. Wearing her apron with recipe book nearby, Donna talked with us as she tidied up the area thinking of her next dish to prepare. How refreshing to see Donna, who has given up a week of her time to visit and cheer Elaine onward.
With Elaine having a very challenging day amidst power chair problems and troubling physical symptoms, Donna’s presence encouraged us. From our occasional, reminiscing laughter to tearful conversations of Elaine’s impairments, the day together proved bittersweet. However, the support of another who truly cares and loves your favorite patient immensely lifts the spirits.
The ministry of presence, a powerful tool, encourages not only the patient but the patient’s loved ones. It takes courage to be a friend who sticks closer than a sister when the chips are down. Being present brings hope when love motivates your presence.