When elderly people reach the final stages of their lives, companionship is a very important part of their care. However, it sometimes can be difficult to make it to a hospital or nursing home to visit a loved one. Such visits force us to confront the reality of de*th, and it’s quite common for us to feel uncomfortable to see someone we love in pa!n.
Until recently, A little girl’s kind gesture brought a smile to her dem-ent! a-stricken great-grandmother’s face. This is the touching moment five-year-old Sophie Flynn sings to her grandmother who has dem-ent! an after meeting her for the first time.
Little Sophie, from County Offlay in Ireland, met her great grandmother Brenda Brock, 82, in Norwich, two weeks ago.
Her parents Sarah Miller and William Flynn were worried Brenda, who has advanced deme-nt!a and is also blind, would frighten Sophie but the opposite happened. “Sophie just jumped straight into bed with nana and started chatting to her and singing to her and stroking her face,” mum Sarah said.
“Sophie brought her back to life. It was amazing, we just couldn’t believe it. When they were together it was like they were the only two people in the room.
“Nana isn’t very responsive, she doesn’t know who I am or who my mum Yvonne, her daughter, is most of the time.
“She only remembers her husband Joe and he is the only one she talks to but straight away she started engaging with Sophie. “Nana is very scared of new people but she was completely at ease with Sophie. She kept asking for Sophie for the two days we stayed in Norwich.”
Sophie’s granddad Sandy Miller uploaded video of the pair together and it spread across social media like wildfire.
The video has been viewed on Facebook more than five million times and shared by more than 100,000 people.
“The reaction to the video has been unreal,” Sarah said. “I’ve had messages from people all over the world telling me Sophie has touched their hearts and it has given them hope for their own relatives with dem-ent!a.
“I’ve had a lot of messages from nurses saying this is what people with de-ment!a need and so I hope Sophie’s video can help others.
“It’s been overwhelming but I am so pleased it is helping others.”
Thousands of people commented on the video online sharing their own stories of relatives with dem-ent!a.
Kim O’Flynn said: “What a beautiful heart , such compassion. Reminds me of my own beautiful daughter how has shown the same kindness and care for my mum who has had Alzheimer’s since my daughter was born, nine years later we are still loving the time we have together.
“My wonderful mum will still react to her voice with a smile whenever we visit. Very cruel illness but can bring out the best in people.”
Jeni Tucker-Stringer added:” The tears are streaming from eyes I can hardly see to type. How wonderful for her great grandmother to be loved like that and I’m sure at that moment she knew she was, regardless of her dem-ent!a. That little girl is an inspiration and a beautiful soul.”
While Rita Self posted: “My little girl loved going to the nursing home to visit her great grandfather.
She always got on the bed talked to him and rubbed his head and then would put lotion on his feet and arms.
“I wonder how these kids can be so touching and loving? Most kids would have a different reaction. This is so very very touching. Sweet little girl.”
This Article Originally Published at mirror