When I first came to live here, I was sad and
For I had left my home and given up my dreams.
And, even tho it was difficult to smile,
Your shining eyes and warm hearts helped me let
As I became accustomed to this place, You became
my caregivers, my housekeepers, my cooks, my
my chaplains, my unconditional friends.
There were days when it was hard for me to
yet You helped me bathe, helped me dress, helped
helped me resume some resemblance of who I am.
On those days when I was sick and just couldnít
get out of bed,
You brought me food, straightened my bed,
comforted me with back rubs, cleaned my room
and Your most precious understanding.
I appreciate that this is hard, hard work that
You all do
and I want to tell you that You do it with much
caring, dignity and grace.
Yes, it was hard to give up my car, apartment,
my cherished gifts,
yet in return I was given warm smiles, shared
listening ears, times to giggle, a loving touch,
It has been You who have helped me in my final
and I know that when I depart this world,
my life will have been enriched by knowing each
one of You.