I Believe Crying Is Part of My Job........
I work as a CNA in a Nursing care facility that deals with 90% dementia and Alzheimer's patients. They tell you to try and not get attached but its so hard not too. They need love just like everyone.
We did have resident that just passed away a couple weeks ago. He was in the other 10%. He was 54 year old male that had a form of cancer that surrounded his Aorta. He came to the facility with only two weeks to live. We where blessed to have him for 4 and 1/2 weeks. He was different because he was so young and that he did not have any mental illness it was just physical. He had such a zest of life right down until the last three days he lived. I had the pleasure of meeting his incredible family, he met my boys, and I also got to know the man very well on a deeper personal level. I seen him spend his 55th birthday with us and his family and I seen him spend his last fathers day with his adult son.
I don't know how you can not get attached to someone like this. I wasn't there when he passed on (my day off) but I did get to say my goodbye the day before. Yes I cried. I cried very hard but his parents and co workers where there with me and they cried with me too. He was a special man who is in a better place now.
I cry over every death that has happened there. It might be at work or at home but they all have touched me in a special way.