We attended the CAC play last Saturday evening and felt compelled to write a letter.
This year’s play was exceptionally touching. Eddie McPherson once again wrote a wonderful play but at the same time allowed the audience to see inside the emotions and struggles of having a loved one with dementia.
The cast was wonderful in their roles and while there were many laughs, the heart of the play was the relationships between family, caregivers and the one stricken with this disease. Sandra Lafferty played the role of Mama to perfection. Having just lost a mother this past Thanksgiving Day to complications of dementia, we know too well the challenges you face. The loss of your loved one many months before their actual death causes the grieving process to begin sooner. The words written for Sandra as she sat on the end of her bed toward the end of the play, could have been written by us. Our loved one said those exact words as she fell deeper and deeper into the disease.
As we sat there with tears streaming down our face, we were able to connect so much to this particular play. It may well be Eddie’s finest work. If you haven’t lived through it, it’s hard to explain. But Eddie did a great job expressing so many aspects of the journey.
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s production. Even when it’s a difficult topic, it’s important to see just a glimpse of the very real struggles.
Dr. Danny and Beth Mince, Fort Payne
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