Sometimes, the sense of Heaven is strong with  elderly Christians.  It’s as though the walls between this world and that One are thinner.  A carer, now retired, wrote about the time  she was sitting with two elderly ladies,  helping one to eat and encouraging the other.  The conversation went something like this:

Dora (to Gertie):  ‘I’ve seen you somewhere before.’

Gertie:    ‘Have you?  I don’t remember seeing you.’

Dora: ‘I know your face.’

Gertie: ‘Where did we meet?’

Dora:  ‘When we were on earth.’

Gertie: ‘Oh, where are we now?’

Dora:  ‘In heaven.’

Gertie (with tears in her eyes):   ‘I am so glad!’

Then they both stood up and hugged each other.

‘A never to be forgotten little scene.’ wrote the former carer, adding,  ‘Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all care homes were like Pilgrim Homes?’

You can take a peek at what our homes are like – we’ve taken a film-maker into some of them.  They are here at    (Florence House in Peterborough).  (Bethany, in Plymouth)  (Framland, in Wantage)    (Shottermill House, in Haslemere, Surrey)

And Evington, Leicester

Louise Morse

Louise Morse MA (CBT) is media and external relations manager for the Pilgrims’ Friend Society. She is a writer and speaker, and author of books on issues of old age, including dementia, published by Lion Monarch and SPCK. She is a cognitive behavioural therapist, and her Masters’ dissertation examined the effects of caring for a loved one with dementia on close relatives.

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