drawing from memory (syntuit)

by Ben Pickard   Sep 30, 2019

my heart sunk to see
her best abstract art painted
with grey dementia


Ben Pickard 2019


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  • 1 year ago

    by anand singh

    It hit's home for me as my mom passed away with Dementia and Allzheimers. Very deep and sad.

  • 1 year ago

    by Em (marmite)

    This is extremely hard hitting. I have witnessed dementia first hand and it's awful to see.. I refer to it as grieving someone not dead yet.

    Take care x

  • 1 year ago

    by Truth Bringer

    this is so sad

  • 1 year ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    I just had a feeling that the last line would be shattering, and it is. As always, you put it in a unique way that conveys more depth and even more sadness in a tender sort of way.

    My mom, who took care of her mom during my time growing up, had to deal with the obvious change that came with dementia. Now, more recently, I see my father get off the phone with his father and it's usually emotional. Because someone that had such a fantastic memory is now unsure of things, exhausted by a simple conversation, and it's hard to see that even from a phone call.

    I feel the kind of sunken feeling in this - the compassion, the bitterness of watching this, the hopelessness and frustration that things are not the same. Something that can be so confusing and alter someone's thinking, and their daily functioning. It's heartbreaking, and that's putting it mildly.

    • 1 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      It's a horrible thing to witness, MA, especially in those we care about. My grandmother is getting pretty bad these days and really is beginning to struggle with things (especially names). And, like your own father, I always leave her house more deflated than anything else.

      All the best and thank you

  • 1 year ago

    by Dagmar Wilson

    Oh Ben this is so touching.
    "Her best abstract art painted with grey dementia ".
    Dementia is awful and what's even more sad losing your memory. Abstract art (I love it) so many emotions are talking and the color grey is not a happy color. Very powerful piece here, little words and high meaning. Add to my favorite. All the very best to you

    • 1 year ago

      by Ben Pickard

      It is awful, Dagmar and horrible to see.
      All the best as ever

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