A depressing, but touching story in the Washinton Post today. Charles Snelling, 81, who was head of the Washington Municipal Airport Authority has apparently killed the love of his life- his sweetie, who has suffered from Allzheimers for 6 years, and then taken his own life.
It is clear from the story, from what friends said, that he cared incredibly deeply about his wife, and spent years doing everything he could for her. And that he could not bear to relegate her to a “long term care facility”. I think many of us that have had alzheimers touch our lives to one degree or another can relate.
Just a few days ago I blogged on Euthnasia, and questioned why we can’t do for ourselves, or our loved ones, what we can do for our pets. I am not trying to imply this would have been the choise of, nor a solution for Charles Snelling. But witnessing the ravages of Alzheimers was one of the situations that first made me re-examine the issue.