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Grateful for facility’s role

To the editor:

I viewed the implosion of The Heritage from the top of Cobb’s Hill and was reminded of the important place this structure had in my life. When my mother, June R. Struble needed assistance in daily living, I could think of no better place. A social worker counseled me to apply for her but not to put all my hopes there — it would work out better if there were other applications as well. Just some kind of "karma", I guess, but it did work out and she was a resident there from October 2006 until her death in January, 2010.

It was the right place for her. She had attended daily Mass all her life and continued to do so up until the day before the day she died. I had harbored a hope that the routines and activities there would bring her back to full engagement with the world — and with me — but she was simply winding down in those years, and in the end, it wound down to Mass and visits from my brother and me.

Much of the literature on aging that passes before my eyes never seems to acknowledge that people decline in their declining years and that their real need is for a place to just do that. "Full of life" sounds fine in the brochures, but I am just grateful, as I believe my mother was, for a place to provide comfort, and dignity as one disengages from a full and happy life.

Joseph R. Struble

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