You Loved me tender, You Loved me sweet, And now you must let go

Elvis Presley wrote the timeless “Love Me Tender” in 1956.  Like a parody on life itself, he regularly changed arrangements and lyrics to the point that the original song was barely recognizable.  For millions of families, including mine, Alzheimer’s compels us to rearrange the lyrics of life itself, over and over again.  Yet, our helping hands and giving hearts offer us opportunity to witness timely miracles.  Love them tender, love them sweet, till the end of time  ….


Love me tender,
love me long,
take me to your heart.
For it’s there that I belong,
and we’ll never part.


Darlin’ this I know,
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go.


[You have made my life complete,
though dreams unfulfilled.
You loved me tender,
though I could not help.
You loved me sweet.
though I could not cheer you on.]


You loved me tender,
You loved me sweet,
[And now you must let me go.]


[You went above and beyond]
Darlin’ this I know,
Happiness will follow you
Everywhere you go.


For my darlin’ I love you,
and I always will.


Dear family,
Darlins’ this I know as you prepare for the final goodbye ….
Like rearranged lyrics, dementia changed Uncle George’s “song” to the point it was barely recognizable.  Still, you kept on loving him tender.  You kept on loving him sweet. You went above and beyond.  Happiness will follow you, everywhere you go.   Your hearts will never depart though you must now let go. With all my love to comfort you as the lyrics are rearranged yet again.

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