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Poem: Greatest Loss

Updated on November 12, 2019

Alzheimer disease

Reason behind writing it

I have met people with memory loss and I have spent time with them and with their caregivers/families at a respite care center . The poem captures the frustrations and challenges and sense of loss I imagine people must be feeling when they see the changes that Alzheimer's brings about and yet I saw family members and caregivers soldiering on, under such difficult, trying circumstances. Bless them all for their patience and loving kindness. I enjoy visiting there, because we always have laughs and fun and it is wonderful to see everyone's smiles and to join in with their laughter. I consider the time I spend there to be a celebration of life...

Alzheimer, long good bye

Once I heard about Alzheimer disease,

That it is a long term good bye,

Doctors says that it's a,

Horrible disease , and it will slowly vanish your

dignity and pride,

Nurses says that ,she may go back to ,

Her childhood or may be she will act if she is,

Just five,

What doctor said was totally wrong,you

Will never and ever takes our mom,


You said that by washing her clothes, dressing her

She will loss her dignity,

We all will say no because she did

More for us ,

What nurses said was wrong too,

We all love to be at age 5,

Remembering our old friends,

Playing around ,

I will say age 5 is not that bad,

We all said that ,

She has changed ,

But even the mom's,

Love never changed

Every one say that Alzheimer is a long good bye ,

I will thank god to honor her

With love and care

Handling her with care

She handles her

Mother with love and care,

They laugh and talk,

And the times flies,

Then she


You are so sweet,

What your name?

Love and respect your parents before its too late...

© 2019 Iqra


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    • Trooly profile image

      Mose Adam Truett 

      9 months ago

      Very touching Iqra.

      It was stored in my heart.

      Nice poem.

      I feel like my eyes

      want to cry.

      It will not be late for me to love and respect my mum and dad.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      thank you so much devika

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      Devika Primić 

      12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      This is a great write on an illness that affects many people and everything still in progress in science labs. I admire your style of writing poetry.

    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      12 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      You're welcome I do appreciate in commenting to your post. Thanks always.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      thanks luis i appreciate your words

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      12 months ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Your poem is too beautiful. I remember the mother of my friend who had this kind of disease.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      Awww that so sweet of you lynne thanks for your appreciation ...

      Best wishes

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      Lynne Samuel 

      12 months ago from Malaysia

      This is so sweet, I can feel the love, respect, honor and care in your poem. True, Alzheimer can try to take over the mind of the elderly, but we will always take care of our loved ones who have it.

      I can identify since my grandmother has it. But she copes because her family surrounds her with love and care. Thanks for a touching poem, Iqra.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      thank you so much linda for taking time to read it, i appreciate your kind words ...

      best wishes

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      Linda Crampton 

      12 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very moving article. I wish we had better ways to help people with Alzheimer's disease. Thank you for sharing this article and for raising awareness of the disease, Iqra.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      Ms dora , sad to hear about your loss,as it really hard to see your love one in that condition...

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      Dora Weithers 

      12 months ago from The Caribbean

      My mother died an Alzheimer's victim. It was a long-term goodbye, and more frustrating and confusing after she had said that goodbye. Not a good memory.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      aww that so kind of you.... thankyou so much manatita

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      12 months ago from london

      Sweet! You seem a loving, caring soul. Heaven bless your Spirit.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      brenda, its sad to hear about your mom, and the pain from which you all are going, i can feel it...

      i pray for a miracle to happen and your mom get well...

      best wishes for you and your mom

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      12 months ago from Washington Court House

      It is so sad to witness this as it is happening.

      My mother is going through this now with her husband, my step-dad. They have only been married a few short it is even harder.

      There are days he does not know who she is or even remember what a football game is on tv. Or he is searching for someone no longer alive...then cannot remember where the bathroom is located.

      But then there are times he appears to be just fine.

      It is so very cruel to all involved.

      Thank you for sharing and making others aware.

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      God keep you and your family away from this terrible disease....

      Thank you marcelle for commenting i always loved reading your comments...

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      Thankyou juliet i really appreciate your comment ....


    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      Thankyou jason for your kind sad to hear about your grandmother but on the other hand its good that you still love her....

      Best wishes

    • Iqra431 profile imageAUTHOR


      12 months ago from Pakistan

      I can feel the pain when suddenly someone known to you becomes a distant island hope you come over it ...

      Thank you flourish for stopping by...

      Have a good time

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      The Eloquent Heart Writer 

      12 months ago from Barbados W.I

      I have never had anyone with such, the sadness of this piece is very empowering about the desease and what it does, not only to people but Love ones. Thank You for sharing your knowledgeable asset Iqra.

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      Juliet Acedera 

      12 months ago from Valenzuela City

      It's really sad how the person with this disease starts losing memory to the point of not remembering people. Though sad but great writing.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      12 months ago from AZ

      Beautiful and sad all at the same time. A wonderful read. My Sicilian grandmother developed Dementia. It is a terrible disease. She was a strong woman, and still lived until 98 years of age.

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      12 months ago from USA

      That last line in particular is heartbreaking. My grandmother has moderate dementia and can’t recall my name sometimes but she knows I’m a relative, sometimes the wrong one.


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