If you’ve watched an elderly parent become frail and start to fade then you know all too well how heartbreaking it can be.
For Aussie comedian Magda Szubanski that’s the situation she is currently facing, and she’s opened up about on social media.
In a touching video on Instagram, Magda opened up about watching her 92-year-old mother “fading so fast”.
The video, of the two sitting and holding hands, is absolutely beautiful.
“Mum and I spend a lot of time like this these days. Just sitting quietly holding hands,” Magda wrote.
“She’s fading so fast. Good day and bad days. She’s often not sure if I’m her mother or her sister or her daughter.”
How heartbreaking for Magda!
Mum and I spend a lot of time like this these days. Just sitting quietly holding hands. She's fading so fast. Good days and bad days. She's often not sure if I'm her mother or her sister or her daughter. I go in nearly every day and sit with her or take her for drives if she's able. And every day I see all the other daughters doing the same thing. A secret army of #carers #motherdaughterlove As Bette Davis said, "Old age ain't no place for sissies." Just to be clear, I'm not her full time carer but I do as much as I can. And always fear it's not enough
She revealed she visits her mum “nearly every day” and sits with her or takes her for drivers.
“Every day I see all the other daughters doing the same thing,” she wrote.
“A secret army of carers mother daughter love.
“As Bette Davis said, “old age ain’t no place for sissies”.
And if you’ve ever been in Magda’s situation, you’ll be able to relate to her feelings of guilt too.
“I’m not her full time carer but I do as much as I can,” she said.
“And always fear it’s not enough.”
Sadly, so many of us have been there and it’s a heartbreaking situation for everybody involved.
Magda has shared many photos and videos of her mum on Instagram over the years.
Three weeks ago she shared a beautiful video of her mum meeting her great-grandson.
“Mum still frail but much improved and spending time with my sis Barb, granddaughter Sarah, me and latest great grandson whom she clearly adores You may think she’s biased. I think she’s spot on!” Magda wrote.
Can you relate to how Magda is feeling? What words of comfort would you offer her?