A Shell of a Body or a Shell of a Soul?
People refer to a person in mid to late stage Alzheimer’s as someone who lives in “A Shell of a Body.” What does that really mean? Most people use this phrase when communication no longer exists like it used to.
What I find interesting is people at the end stage of life may no longer communicate like they used to, but somehow they are viewed differently. We have educated people one by one that a person who is in a coma or is receiving hospice or palliative care can “take in” what is going on around them; even though they may not be able to respond like they used to. There is a level of respect still intact, one that seems to be missing in many cases when it comes to memory loss.
We have taught people to engage in conversation and touch a person who is in their end stage of life. We have learned to look for different signs and signals from those we love and work with. Society at large has been trained to dig deeper and not be so superficial and judgmental during these times. In fact, the medical profession encourages caregivers to continue to connect with a person in their end stage of life. We have been taught to appreciate relationships on a soul level, one with never dies and is engaged with all that is around them.
I challenge you to teach the world the same lesson about connecting with someone who has memory loss. It is no longer acceptable to refer to any individual as living in “A Shell of a Body that can be cast away and forgotten.” We must teach people the soul lives on and is engaged.
As a World we must recognizing there is a huge difference between the statement, “A Shell of a Body and a Shell of a Soul.”
Below is a short video clip where I tell a couple of stories to show the difference.