The Daily Visitor

THE DAILY VISITOR

Kind words can be short and easy to speak,  but their echoes are truly endless.“

Mother Teresa, (1910-1997

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In an Asian hospital ward,

the visiting period was buzzed

with concerned relatives and friends,

bringing fruits, and home-cooked favorites.

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Unobtrusively, by the wall,

stood an old clergy

in clergyman wear, with a clerical collar,

both hands were clasped in front.

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Watching the people for a while,

He then placed himself on a chair

next to a patient with no visitor.

And, he just sat there, quietly.

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As the patient tried to reach out to his cup,

he helped guide his trembling hands and cup

to the patient’s lips, and a hanky under his chin.

Then he offered the patient a peeled orange.

Another was a terminal patient

who could not talk nor move.

Nobody has visited him since admission.

This carer sat with him silently, serenely.

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He was a daily visitor

for a few patients without visitors.

Be it a vagabond or whose families

may be far in the rural and interior areas.

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Kind words need not be ‘Words’.

for gestures can replace words.

Kind words/gestures need not be difficult

but their effects are long-lasting and healing.

Chen Song Ping @ TPTan

Published by Chen S. P. @ TPTan

Serena Chen @TPTan, Master degree in nursing (Monash) . Serena teaches local and overseas nurses in a stomaltherapy program. She had presented papers internationally. Serena is a member of the ‘Golden Key International Society (Monash). She was an editor of a mental health bulletin and she enjoys pottery works, cartoons, painting and poems. She shares insightful experiences about being a carer for people with mental illness and cancer in this defining society.

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