Going to hospitals and visiting sick people can make a lot of us uncomfortable. We know the people we are visiting value the companionship, but it can be tough to think of things to say and difficult to see our loved ones sick and hurting when we want to remember them as vibrant and full of life.
That’s why it was understandable that 5-year-old Sophie was a little nervous to meet her great-grandmother for the first time. Sophie’s Great Nana suffers from dementia and is confined to her bed.
Sophie’s family wasn’t sure how she would react to meeting her Great Nana and seeing her in such a sad state, but what the little girl did next left them all in tears.
Without any fear or reservation, Sophie nuzzled up next to her great-grandmother and softly stroked her face as she sang “You Are My Sunshine,” a special song in their family.
The video of the precious moment is enough to melt the coldest of hearts, but what makes it even more special is that this wasn’t a one-time thing.
Sophie is now 8 years old, and she still has the same tradition of singing to her Great Nana. It is clear her grandmother gets great enjoyment out of hearing Sophie’s sweet voice sing the lovely words.
Even though many years separate Sophie and her Great Nana and the dementia provides an added obstacle, it is clear these two share a sweet and special bond. We’re sure Sophie’s visits have added not only joy, but likely years to her Great Nana’s life.
So many people seem to forget about their family members when they get older and more difficult to “deal with.” These precious videos are a great reminder of the importance of family, love, and kindness.
Let’s all show more love and kindness today.