Please limit your feedback to no more than 100 words. We can not publish a novel nor a story. We reserve the right to publish or not your feedbacks. If we decide to publish them, we may edit your feedback for brevity and clarity and we will do so without including any of your identifiable contact information unless these information are included in your Feedback message. We will not publish any email addresses or website links that are included in your feedback message. Due to our limited time in maintaining this website we currently have a backlog in posting your feedbacks since November 2009. We will post them as soon as we find the time.
Here are the latest feedbacks that we have received (feedbacks after November 29, 2009 will be posted soon):
November 29, 2009
"I lost my father on October 29, 2009 at the age of 91 and after we had went through all the funeral stuff I went looking for this message. I had played it periodically over the last year and had often reflected on its message. I gave it to people who I felt it could help but didn't push it on anybody. When I saw the message it was no longer available, it really took another piece from my heart as I thought it was so inspiring when I was feeling down. Now at the time I needed it most it wasn't there, but life can be like that and we must move forward. I sure hope something can replace it but if not, lets give one another uplifting messages and support thru this avenue. I read most of the responses so far but never wrote in till now. Keep smiling and rest assured that human compassion is one of the greatest gifts we can give to one another. From Big Ed."
Would you please be kind enough so as to provide (at least to me) two boxes of tissues the next time you publish it, but please bring back soon, and thanks. It is absolutely beautiful. Kind regards, Ch."
November 28, 2009
"Please get this beautiful thing back ---a parent wish is so wonderful -- I love it so much. It is so good for older people and young people too. This was a mistake to remove. Hurry. We need this back."
"I was so sorry to see this beautiful video not on any more. It was so meaningful to me and so many of my friends. Hopefully something similar will be back before Christmas as it is such a beautiful thing to send to friend. Linda"
November 27, 2009
"I hope you replace this address as it means a lot to me: When I first saw it, I was diagnosed with dementia. It gave me a sense of piece to read it."
November 26, 2009
"This prog was the one thing that touched my heart. Please get it back-- I am a mother-grandmother-greatgrandmother-and a great great grandmother. Pease get it back."
November 24, 2009
"Time is critical. You have got to get this back on real soon. I will be praying about this. Please, please hurry. Time waits for no man. Of all the things I've read on the internet this is the greatest of the greatest. Please hurry. Bobbie"
November 23, 2009
"PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don't delete this because it benefits me and will be instrumental in helping my siblings deal with our aging Mother. I beg you...."
"My daughter wrote: This email should come with a warning - do not watch if you have a skerrick of empathy or have had a hard week (or hard year). I'm sitting sobbing at my desk at varsity - there goes my make-up!!! Let's hope no-one wants to talk to me for an hour. Love you too Brenda"
November 19, 2009
"Please could you find some way of putting PARENT'S WISH back on. I think it was one of the truest and loveliest thing's I have ever received through my email. I have 6 married children with growing up children and I think it would be great for them, as I just loved it."
November 18, 2009
"It is a very moving video. My father had sent it to me months ago and I watch it whenever I want to think of him."
"I have saved this e-mail for months waiting for a family get together, finally got the chance to show it, and it was gone, I was heart broken, our father died, he suffered from Alzhiemers, and this video was the exact thing that we went through, please, please, please, bring it back so I can show it to them, this was the most beautiful thing I have ever seenÖ God bless Nick"
November 17, 2009
"My son is a senior video editor and producer - need any help????? So disappointed that it is not on."
November 15, 2009
"I had save this website on my computer from 2006 when a friend emailed it to me. I knew there would come a time when I would need to replay it. The time is now, and I was so sad to see the site could not be accessed. My dad is 85 and he is failing. I needed a good cry and a reminder of how I shouldn't be selfish and try to get him to hang on. He had a great life, but I can see how tired he is. I can only hope that you can find a way to bring back this very touching piece so that it can help others. I especially remember the part where it talked about how if they don't want to eat, don't force the issue. My dad loved a good meal, but now eating is just an effort. Thanks for giving me a place to post at least, as I have had a good cry in just being able to write this. God bless you and everyone who faces those times in their lives."
"Pleeze pleeze pleeze bring back this fantastic production to all of us who have enjoyed it so much... pleeze pleeze pleeze." Christine Tina Corona
November 14, 2009
"I so loved the Parent's Wish. It has been a lovely reminder to me to take the time out for those you love and hold so dear to your heart. I do hope it's back online soon. May I suggest maybe using picture's of your parent's, grandparents and great grandparents. Thanks you one again for sharing Parent's Wish and I hope you get it back online soon. Robin"
November 13, 2009
"You don't know the disappointment I felt when going to this page and not finding the video which had such a moving message. I took care of my mother for the last 5 years of her life and as much as I wanted to keep her forever, it was not to be. She died in 2006 at the age of 99. I still grieve for her. This video does help me to move thru the sadness and lift me up in a way that no other message has done. I hope and pray that you will soon replace it. Thank you for your wisdom and talent in making it something that we all can use in our own journey thru life. V. Siffert"
November 12, 2009
"I absolutely loved this tribute to the elderly. Please allow it to go back online. My own 88 year old parents sent it to me, and I forwarded it to many of my friends whose parents are still living or have crossed over. Please please make this available to the all generations."
"Wow. And all those messages are just from October!! You have done a wonderful thing by putting this video together. Please do whatever is necessary to get it back up. How can we help? Annette"
"Would love to have your Parent's Wish feedback." Thank you. Ong"
"I pray you will get this slideshow back!!! I work in a nursing home and every person taking care of our elderly should be required to view this. I have seen this so many times and I cry every time I see this show. PLEASE GET IT BACK!!"
November 11, 2009
"Please please get this back online... it is one of the best inspirational messages.... and touches all people...... we all get old!!
"Please, please, please bring back this wonderful Parents' Wish... please, please, please. Love, Christine Tina Corona."
"I'm May Lucas from the Philippines and I loved the audio-visual presentation. I have been my parents' (aged 92 & 84, married for 59 years) caregiver since 2002. My sister sent me the presentation. She is the same sister who gave me a book on Caring for your aging parents. I am a nurse/clinical instructor in a university in our city and this semester, for my clinical area, was assigned to a nursing home. I was hoping I could use the presentation to show my students to prepare them, put them in the proper disposition before they report for duty for their related learning experience/exposure where they will have direct contact with the residents of the facility and render nurse care. I shall continue to check out your site from time to time and I hope it will be soon when we will be able to view your very touching presentation. Thank you very much."
November 10, 2009
"I received this song over a year ago and within 30 days of receiving it, my mother lost her battle with cancer. It was truly amazing to listen to this song as it related to my last talks with her. I really hope this comes back soon so that I can continue to enjoy a truly wonderful song that is very meaningful in my life."
"My parents who are in their seventies sent this link to me today. I cannot watch and would truly love to. They very seldom send links, so if it could be put back up for a short while I would truly appreciate it. Thank you, Sandy"
November 9, 2009
"I have saved my Parent's Wish for months on my computer. I like it very much, so put this back on ASAP"
"I am a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care. I often refer to or use Parent's Wish for helping staff and healthcare professionals realize the need to consider emotion and attitude when it comes to discussing end of life topics. I was preparing for my presentation in Chicago this week to find it is not available. Your photos and music are exceptional and poignant for eliciting this state of thought and emotion. With the new healthcare reform considerations, advance directives and life sustaining treatments are topics that are not easily discussed with families but truly needed. Parent's Wish gives individuals the chance to consider comfort, communication, choices and control for those facing that last stages of their lives. I would like to see it continue and will give any credits you require to utilize this wonderful presentation. Please allow this presentation available to the public again as soon as possible."
November 6, 2009
"My sister-in law was just telling me about how her siblings take their mother for grantee. They need to see this video. When will it be back online. They need to see it soon. Thanks!"
"Please --please bring back Parents Wish. There are so many of us that looked forward to seeing and hearing Josh sing (he is my favorite). He will make the music at my homegoing-- the word and video are worth so very much to so many of us --when we get something we all love the devil seam to find a way to take it away -please bring it back and let us know it is back. Blanche in Tucker GA"
"I look at Parents Wish daily. It makes my day better ---Josh Groban is my favorite singer in the world -please get it back someway."
November 5, 2009
"I look forward to seeing it back up on line soon!!!!!!!!!!"
"Please work hard to get this back on. My father is on his Final Journey now. The doctors have told us less than 6 months. I have kept this on my computer for over 2 years and I wanted to share it with my brothers at this touching time. I normally look at it every few months as I have been taking care of my father for the past few years and find it so touching. I have shared it with my kids to make them more aware of their grandparents and all the older people in their lives aging process. It is a beautiful song and a beautiful message. Peggy Elliott"
"I wish you great success in returning this video back to us, the viewers. It is one of the most touching reminders that our elderly really do need us. I've wanted to send this on to so many people that need that reminder every now and then as we all are human and tend to forget the importance of those that have loved us and need a little in return. The thought put into the message really instills the 'I want to do for them' rather than the 'Chore of doing for them'. I can only hope that when I am up in age, someone will be there for me. Thank you for a great piece of inspiration and my best wishes for a speedy return! Jeff Grasso"
November 4, 2009
"I saved this on my computer and I was hoping that you all would bring it back on so that I could listen to it again. I heard it for the first time and I cried looking back at all the people that died and people that I LOVED SO MUCH and that was so dear to me!!!! Can you please bring it back soon and bring some new ones just like these!!!!"
November 3, 2009
"Parent's Wish video came over my computer when I needed a lot of encouragement and understanding . The person who sent it to me will never know the value I place on the music, words, and the pictures. I had hoped for a long time that a DVD would be coming out so I could purchase some and leave them to my son and 2 small grandchildren. I am quite old and know my days are short. It is my hope and prayer, that the site be become active soon as well as a DVD becoming available. Thanks for your labor of love GS, Georgia"
"PLEASE ALLOW THIS VIDEO TO CONTINUE!!!! Caring for my elderly parents is not easy. This video has inspired me and comforted me throughout this journey. This truly gives me something to hold on to when life seems like it's slipping away."
"I was on my computer and went to this site to see Parent's Wish,,,, and it was gone. It truly made me cry. It was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Having Josh Groban singing in the background was truly inspirational. Please bring it back soon. What a shame that Getty Images has a problem with it. This was enjoyed by so very many and meant a lot to a lot of people. Please bring it back soon. Thanks!Celese Proctor"
November 2, 2009
"Please put it back on line, I did not get a chance to send it to my 2 kids."
November 1, 2009
"I know you are getting an overwhelming amount of requests for these as the video has touched so many adult children caring for dying elderly parents like myself."
October 31, 2009
"I just loved the live video Parents Wish by Josh Groban! I will look forward that Parents Wish be back online as soon as possible. It is an excellent reminder to everyone, our children, grandchildren and grand-grand children. I love to watch and view that video coz its all about life, love, care and understanding of our elders especially when we are growing old. I have shared this with many people and believe the young should realize that they also will be old one day. And, I was so so disappointed when I found out that Parents' Wish was not available for viewing --- This was absolutely one of the most beautiful informative and educational video over the Internet. Everytime I visited the site and start viewing the said video, It's so touching that I can't use any right word/s to describe how I feel. Whenever I view it again I would start to cry. With all these comments, I would like to request your end to please let the said video back online for the general and public viewing. VERY INFORMATIVE and VERY EDUCATIONAL VIDEO..."
"Please try and I will be praying you can get Parent's Wish back on. My son who was 50 and had 2 daughters in college, was killed in Texas by a hit and run driver. My son John had sent me this beautiful, touching, piece and ever so often I would go back and read it, it was what was in his heart. It meant so much to me. Thank you and if there is any thing we can do to help, I will be very happy to . God bless you."
October 30, 2009
"I have been looking for this to come back for quite some time. My father-in-law passed away in July. I had wanted to share it with some family members. There are other family members that are in their 80ís that need our help and compassion. This video was such an inspiration to us. I really want to see it again. I cannot believe people can be so petty over such trivial things. Your video is beautiful. There should have been pride in having the pictures includedÖ. not greed or whatever it is they want. My friend is having a very difficult time with her mother and I wanted her to see this video. I hope it will be fixed soon. She really needs to see it. I know it would help her. I keep this link on my desktop and check it often hoping that it will work again. Good luck and thank you for making this video. Iíll keep looking for it."
"I want your site back up!! I teach Internet at Cobb County Senior Services. I have been using your site as a homework assignment for years. I know the pain IP attorneys can cause. Will help you get back up with whatever I can."
October 29, 2009
"Please, please bring Parents Wish back. I would watch it occasionally because it was such a beautiful thing to see, and it would put things into perspective when I was feeling low or depressed. Thank you."
"Please! Please! put this back on. I just loved the live video Parents Wish by Josh Groban!
"I have saved this on my computer for a long time and wanted to open it today to be reminded of its beauty and message. My husbandís grandmother (who raised him) is on her final journey Ė I await the dreaded phone call Ė and I wanted to share it with family to help lift us all up. I truly hope you will be able to repost this very soon!! Dale Sparacino"
October 28, 2009
"PLEASE, PLEASE get this back up ASAP! Itís absolutely beautiful. Iím a caregiver for my 91-year-old father-in-law and I listen to it often for some much-needed encouragement. THANK YOU!"
October 27, 2009
"I would really like to order this video for my facility. I am an executive director at a SNF and I love this video. I think it is an inspiration!!!"
"I was very disappointed to see that the video had been pulled. I hope that the situation can be remedied soon. The video was shown at a recent Elder Abuse Task Force meeting in York County. I attended as an observer, but later found this was my passion! While viewing the video, we were warned to have tissues nearby. Well, my Dad was in the hospital right around that time, so I was upset about that. Well, Iím embarrassed to say that almost at the beginning of the video, I started sobbing quietly at first, and couldnít control my feelings very well. It is by far the most informative and inspiration DVD. When I looked around the room, I noticed that others were moved as well."
October 26, 2009
"Please bring back your website. Josh Groban has a wonderful voice! Thank you! A Huge Fan"
"Thanks and hope to see it back real soon. Outstanding!!!!!"
October 25, 2009
"I am so disappointed to not be able to view and enjoy this most inspirational video. It stirred so many memories in my heart and mind of my folks before they went home to be with the Lord. Please restore this ASAP as I have referred so many of my friends/family members to it and really miss being able to view and listen to it!! Thank you, Dollie Golden"
"Please put this back on. It is an excellent reminder to everyone, our children and grandchildren, about life and love....and growing old. Thanks!. JC from Weston"
"I've kept the slideshow since 2006 and told someone I would forward it to them tonight and I am so saddened to know it's been taken off... Kindly put it back as it means a lot to so many people...thanks.."
October 23, 2009
"Just went in to listen to Parents Wish and it was gone. I watch it from time to time. Having lost my parents and now I'm up there. It was very touching. Hope to get it back soon. Anne"
"It is time to get it done. Please get moving on this. It means so much to so many. If you need pictures, I'm sure any of us will be glad to donate our own, free and clear of any copy rights. Just get it finished! Best Regards, Ted McGraff"
"The presentation is inspiring and it gives people who are staying with parents suffering from Alzheimer's disease the pleasure (rather than the burden) of taking care of the elderly. ngl"
October 22, 2009
"This needs to be back on available to all parents to send to their children. It is heart warming and shows caring needs for the family. KGR"
"Having gone through the care and loss of elderly parents several years ago, Parentís Wish was extremely poignant. I received it earlier this year and was planning on giving it to our 5 children as our 50th Wedding Anniversary approaches. I saved it, I thought, now only to discover itís discontinued. I hope the legality can be worked out. The words, the message, is touching, but so much more meaningful with the pictures and music."
"Please be compassionate and put back the Parents' Wish asap so that those people who don't know how to love their parents might probably changed. Thank you for your kind consideration and understanding. Jimmy Tiu"
October 20, 2009
"Please put this back on. I love it and it has special meaning to me since I am a caregiver of the elderly. I miss going back in and listening to Josh Groban, he is awesome. Char Bottles"
"I really loved the live video Parents Wish, which I could not find today and request to be made available soon. Thanks, Indrajit Sikand"
October 19, 2009
"When are you going to put this back on? Need to send this to more people I love. It is beautiful and every human should see it."
"Please bring this back, I wanted to forward this to my children. It is beautiful. Thank you."
October 18, 2009
"Please put this Parent's Wish back on. I love listening to this. It makes me feel terrific. Brenda Ascher, Hollywood, Florida"
October 17, 2009
"I was so saddened this morning as I have saved the Parents Wish for a long time and so wanted to see it again to find it was no longer on site. As we age we need to be reminded that our aging process is a natural part of life. I want my children to realize what 'is happening'....and see what role reversal is. Go to a senior assisted living center and do your own photography...Thanks"
"I love this video I send to my children and now they want to send it to friends and other families. I can't believe someone want it off. Please put it back. When my husband died of cancer at the age of 56 years old that video was a inspiration to me. Ana"
"I've saved this video for more than a year on my computer. I'm 60 years old and not very computer literate but I thought I could save this forever. Of all the emails I've ever received this was the most touching and beautiful I've ever received. It reminds us about what's REALLY important in life. PLEASE try to get it back!"
October 16, 2009
"PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, put Parent's Wish back online. You will never know how much it meant to me. I went back into my computer today to read it again and was broken hearted that it was not there. I am going through a hard time right now and I really needed to see it. I would be glad to share pictures to help get it back. Claire"
"Please bring back Parent's Wish. It is so moving and such a great tribute to our dear, dear parents. I just lost my mother 2 days ago and I so wanted to use this presentation. It was comforting to me as she lived her life in a nursing home. It is such a blessing to so many and needs to be made again for more people to view. It is beautiful and very moving."
October 15, 2009
"I wanted to share this video with a friend who is having a hard time understanding her elderly parents but could not open it today. Please do what is necessary to get it back on so so many people would be touched and changed by it."
"Getty Images should be ashamed of themselves. Really bad form Getty!"
"We absolutely love this moving Slide Show, Parents Wish. We have 92 year old, 82 year old and 80 year old parents still alive and one elderly parent living with us and we periodically need to watch this to even move us and strengthen us to keep going. Please put it back on soon. Our Thanks. Krystyna Nuhn"
October 14, 2009
"I keep this until I need a great reminder. Life is tough but this always makes it better.... please come back soon !!!!!!!"
"PLEASE put this back as soon as possible. This is so beautiful and touching. I would go to it time and time again. It means a lot to me as I am sure it does many others. Thank You. Ann"
October 13, 2009
"Please do not remove this program. There's not a lot of things on the internet or any where else that both young and old can go and enjoy what they see and hear. Please leave it on. Thank you and God bless you."
"I wanted to send it to my children and grandchildren in Sweden and to all my other young friends in Europe and here in Canada. Please, please get it back on. Sincerely Lillian in Nanamo, B.C."
October 12, 2009
"Please put this sight back on---I love this song--thank you Marge Lowry"
"I had no idea this was not on. It is so beautiful and this is what I want for myself. It really makes you stop and think. Please put it back on for ALL of us that love it. Jeannie"
"Please, please get the Parents' Wish website back on. It was one of the most moving life reality videos I had ever seen. I had sent to several aging friends but now I would like to send it to my children. Yolie"
"Help, I saved this e mail in 2007 and wanted to reread today. It cannot be accessed. Why? I do not understand why something so touching and beautiful would not be able to be saved? Must be a very important reason to keep something from folks who want it. Go figure!"
October 11, 2009
"I have had the Parents' Wish video on my computer since last Feb. It arrived across my email from my sister in law the week my dad died from ALS. My sister and I were staying together at my dads apartment and had been living at the hospital as my dad slowly slipped away from us because of lung complications due to ALS. We were exhausted and emotionally drained. I had cared for my dad in the last stages before he died and saw him go from a healthy, active 74 year old to a weak, helpless person in less than a year. All his pride and dignity stripped away with this devastating disease as he was unable to do anything for himself at the end. My sister and I sobbed as we watched the video because we truly had looked after his every need when he was no longer able. I sent it to many friends and family who also care for an elderly or sick parent. I would love to see it again as it really holds special meaning for me. Twyla"
"I hope you will bring back the Parents Wish soon. It is so inspirational."
"I look forward to Parent's Wish being back on line. My father recently passed away at the age of 96. I couldn't understand why he said some of the things he said and did some of the things he did. But, as I watched Parent's Wish I understood why. I saw my dad in so many of the sayings and cleaned out my tear ducts each time I experienced it. Please hurry and get it going again. Thank you."
"Will there be a time when Parent's Wish will come back on? I hope so because It is so beautifully done and it makes you think about what you want when you get older. I know that it has brought my son and I closer together. God Bless you even if you are not able to bring it back. I can see that I am not the only one that it touched."
October 9, 2009
"Your message and photos were so very meaningful and touching. It was a message I shared with the caregivers and some of the staff in my mother's nursing home. The photographs of her and our family members were made all the more important, as she experienced the last several years of her life in an institution. Your message was very special to us."
"PLEASE PLEASE, put this back on the website, I have saved this in my inbox since 7/08 when a friend sent it to me. I have taken care of my parents for many years and felt blessed I am able to do this, but this video is perfect. My Dad died in April, I miss him so much and would love to be able to listen to this just to have a good cry and remember all the good times we had."
"I got this e-mail from a friend who I use to work with. It moved me so I wanted to send it to my daughter."
October 8, 2009
"Grab your camera and go to a senior housing in your area and take your own photos. You may have to ask permission, but couldn't hurt to try."
October 7, 2009
"We need this so much as we get older. It puts things in perspective."
October 6, 2009
"That was one of the most touching things that I have ever read. My mother sent it to me @ work and I sat at my desk and tears were streaming down my face. To be 6í2Ē tall and 250 lbs., my work partner was looking across the desks at me laughing. I then let him read it and it had the same affect on him. My parents are both in their 70ís and my dad is in failing health. Parents' Wish needs to be read by every person in this crazy world. It is so touching and I thank you for sharing. Please bring it back. Sincerely Mike (Boston, MA)"
"I have listened to this so many times in the past year. It has really been one of the best e-mails I have ever received. PLEASE get it back on. Thank You"
"I just loss my MOM this past month on the 30th of Sept. 2009 after long battle with cancer. She fought so hard until it was time to go and be with the LORD. I never thought I could live without her, but I believe she is helping us with this, because our hearts are so broken, and time will heal I know but I believe this loss will take a very very long time. She will be missed very much by her daughters and husband and grandchildren. louisette je taime de ton mari bertrand, Maman we will always love you and miss you, Grand-maman you are and will always be OUR GRAND-MAMAN and MA to lots of people know as MA to all the workers from the Holiday ret. home. All Wonderful people. MOM please look over all of us because as I told you we will need it some time to keep on going without you. love you family and friends"
October 5, 2009
"Some of the really great things leave much too soon while junk stays forever. Please, please return the Parents' Wish. Thank you. Eugene Shives."
October 4, 2009
"Hoping to see your moving video back soon, as I want to send it to my friends and family. I keep checking back and it's been forever, so am hoping to see it soon. Valerie"
October 3, 2009
"I am so upset about this as my grandfather was so like this video it made me cry. He was so good to me when I was a child. He was my hero and it made me cry as well as my uncle died in 2007 with a brain tumour and that was his dad. We and my uncle only had 11 years between us, and we were so close. My mum as well was our rock and my grandads main carer and my grans when she was alive. It gave me a meaning in life I suppose and every time I was on the computer, I could relate to it. I miss it so much as that is my grandad."
October 2, 2009
"Please put Parent's Wish back on as I want to send it to my Daughter as she is kind of mess up; please she needs to listen to it."
"I have saved this website on my computer since 2/8/08 and somehow knew I would want to come back to it someday. These are to be the good days for my husband and I. He had just reached 62 and 5 days later was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. I think of the Parents wish that we are going through and still have to face. As others have stated it is sites like these that give us the strength to get through our days. Sue"
"I must say I am desperately trying to get Parents' Wish 'but in vain. Please can we have it back on the site. It was HUMBLY TOUCHING! IT MOVED ALL OF US. Thank you so much.. Jenny"
October 1, 2009
"I am so disappointed that you cannot publish Parent's Wish. This was truly one of the most inspirational, soul-touching and truthful video that has ever been produced!. Please bring it back for the sake of helping so many people."
September 30, 2009
"Please do a repeat of PARENTS' WISH."
September 29, 2009
"It was heart to soul touching."
September 28, 2009
"Thank you very much with your sharing. I repeated it several time not more than 100 and not less then 70 time of watching again and again. So touching and every time I watched I can't stop my tears falling down. I'm so sorry my parent is not around me anymore. When I was young I use to argue with my mom. I did forward to a lot of my friends and share among with them too. They feel the same too, I would like say it again. Thank You Very Much. Actually I would like to save it, so sorry I'm not very familiar with computer I don't know how to save it, I'll learn how to save this time. If you put it back again? All the while I thought if I don't ever to delete it, is always remain in me computer. I'm an old man really not good in handle computer. If you ever to put it back again, this time I'll ask my friend to save it for me. What you has done will be appreciated. May God Bless You Always."
"I work at a LTC facility and have used Parent's Wish as part of my orientation to all new employee's. I truly miss this website and hope you get it back on line soon. Thank-you, Mary"
"I have heard so many things about this video, and beings that my husband and I are taking care of 4 elderly, not well, parents, we would love to see this video."
September 26, 2009
"I kept this on my computer all this time, I am 75 and it touched my heart so much that I cried everytime I played it. If there are ever anymore please inform me. You are a God send for the older generation. God Bless You, Mrs. Wanda Wojciechowski"
"This is one of the most to the point videos I have ever seen. I took care of my mother for the last 5 years, and just lost her August 28th, I go over things in my head that we dealt with together over the years and nothing hits home more then this piece. I hope you get it back on line. I need to see it again. Shame on them for being concerned about who owned the rights to the pictures. They should be more concerned with the message being put forth."
"I missed the opportunity to send Parents' Wish to my son and my siblings.. I hope that you will be able to bring the piece back soon. Have been waiting patiently for its release."
September 25, 2009
"The Parent's Wish slide show is so inspiring, and I have sent it to SO many people who are caring for their elderly parents, to help them understand what they are feeling. I have another friend who could really use a boost, for the same reason; so when I went to forward the message to her and realized it was gone, I was really disappointed. Life is hard, especially when you must change your expectations of the people who raised you. You spend your life discovering that your parents are the ones you can depend on to always care for you; but when they get old, and then must rely on you for care, that transition can be really hard. This show really help others to understand that what they are feeling as a care giver is valid, but at the same time, to respect the idea that after a lifetime of caring for you as a child, your parents deserve the same respect. That is all they want. PLEASE PUT IT BACK UP, for the sake of helping others be loving care givers of our elderly."
"Oh, please do what ever it takes to get this back on line. My mother passed away in May and during that very difficult time, your videos is what got me through it and helped me. Now, I have two friends going through the same thing, and they need this video to help them too!!!"
September 24, 2009
"Please grab whatever pics you can and bring it back :) its one of my most favorites to read !!!!!"
September 23, 2009
"This is the best ever I received in my emails. I cried when I viewed it. I remember my parents who are so dear to me, that me and my sisters and brothers took care of them till they were passed beyond the vail. I shared this to all my friends and some children. I was sad and disappointed when I found out that it was not available now. I hope you will bring this back, because it helps many people to turn their hearts to their parents. Cristy"
"Today I was so disappointed to learn that the Parentís Wish slideshow was no longer available on your website. Two years ago we played the Parentís Wish slideshow at my mother-in-lawís funeral. My own 84-year-old mother is dying right now from last stages of cancer, and we had hoped to be able to play this at her funeral, also, as it was such a good illustration of the kind of mother she has been. She has given unselfishly to her three children and others her whole life, and she has been a caretaker of her now deceased husband, her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I was devastated that we wonít be able to show the Parentís Wish at her funeral. Please keep the beautiful music You Raise Me Up if you are able to redo the Parentís Wish with new photos Ė that was what made it so powerful and moving! Carolyn Maddux Katy, Texas"
"My sister was very ill several years ago with encephalitis. She lost her memory. She didn't remember her husband. children or any family members. My sister and I have had a close relationship ever since we were small and we're now in our 70's. I went to see her in the hospital when she was sick and asked if she knew who I was. She gave me the most beautiful smile and said 'I don't know who you are but I know I love you very much'. A Parents' Wish has been an inspiration to me for many years now. Please, please bring it back."
"I was sent Parents' Wish in April 2008 and kept it on my computer all these months. Being deaf, I particularly appreciated the fact that I could READ the words of the song. I do hope that when your video is back online, it will still include the text of that beautiful song. Thank you!"
"I was shocked when I tried to open this slide show again and it was already cut off, I never thought that someone will sue someone who created this kind of good deed! Hope you upload this slide show again! It inspired a lot of people and it will inspires still... it informed everyone how important these people to all of us! Thank You!"
September 22, 2009
"I really enjoyed hearing the music. It brought tears to my eyes the whole way through the story and to read it. It got me to thinking about my parents and how much they mean to me and my husband and daughter!! My parents have helped us out a lot!! We really do LOVE and Appreciate what they do for us!!"
"I hope this will be back on the air soon. I have been checking frequently. Thank you."
September 21, 2009
"I was so upset when I tried to view Parents' Wish and found out it was gone. I wanted to share it with others and listen to it again. I do hope it comes back on soon."
"Please get it back ASAP, I miss it so. I wanted to share it with others and felt so bad when I tried to play it and it was gone. Thank You"
"Just to let you know I enjoyed the video very much. Please redo the video as soon as possible."
September 20, 2009
"Please do whatever you can get get this back. I have been reading and watching this for a year. It is so comforting to listen to. This last May I just lost my Grandmother at a 102 and then in July this year I lost my mom. It was the most comforting to listening to and remember I have taken care of both of them this last year. I miss them both and cry but the parents wish is the best. Thank You"
"I loved Parents' Wish, please bring it back."
September 19, 2009
"Please bring it back. Never get tired viewing it and listening to the music. Ch."
September 18, 2009
"I really hope your back online and SOON...."
"I would like to know if I could send you personal pictures of anything you need, to get this up and running again. All the reviews are wonderful but I have not had the chance to read/see it. The day it was sent to me, it was taken off your site. I have many pictures that may be helpful to you, that I am willing to send, no strings attached. Please write back with all that I can help with besides support."
September 17, 2009
"I am a senior and I live in the Marian Manor, a senior residence operated by the Caldwell Dominican sisters in Caldwell, New Jersey. We have all seniors here in various stages of life and your beautiful video has brought so much joy into their lives because of its reverence for life and reminds us all of our frailties and is a reminder to those loved-ones of what life is all about. We were once where you are, and someday you will be where we are.. now. Love that Josh Groban. God bless him and you too. Sincerely, Christine Tina Corona"
September 16, 2009
"I am so down-hearted when I noted your very touching and down to earth PARENTS' WISH is no longer online. I now regret not having copied it for a hardcopy file. The article touched so many hearts: not only of parents but of children, too, like me. My parents are both gone- but this article made me feel like I failed my parents in some ways- I have been hard-hearted towards them specially in their old age because of my fear of losing them soon! I had to develop in me a stone of heart to face reality that sooner or later, they will no longer be there for me. Alas but I was wrong- wrong all throughout. Parents deserve better than just material things- the warmth and thought of being needed all the time. Yes until even in their death beds when they would want to be assured that we, their children, will be okay when they are gone. I have this guilty feeling that I have not loved them in return. How I wish they can be here again if only for a few more days just to show them I really love them. - Juliet (Philippines)"
September 15, 2009
"I read all the feedback and I agree on all the feedbacks and want to feedback all that has been turned in. I feel so sorry for Getty Images who ever they are for not caring for it."
September 14, 2009
"Have tried to retrieve this message several times to no avail. Please advise when I can expect to read it again on line. It was excellent. Any way we can get the message without the music. I would like to save it with other special messages. Thank you."
"That was the most touching thing I have ever seen. I just lost my mother-in-law about 2 wks ago from a long ordeal. She had a stroke that took her speech and her ability to walk. She has been like this for 5 years. My father-in-law was in the same nursing home that she passed away in and he has dementia and isnít doing very well. He has good days and he has bad days. Weíre thankful that he still knows who we are. The Parents' Wish was very touching. Thank You. Pat"
September 13, 2009
"Please get Parents' Wish back up. Imagine my surprise and alarm when I went back to read it in my saved emails and it was gone. This was a truly inspirational read. Please please get it back."
September 12, 2009
"Please put this back online. I lost my mom in May, this is comforting to view because it makes so much sense."
September 9, 2009
"Hope it gets back online soon. It was great but I never got a chance to show my family."
"A very inspiring message and so worth watching it brings a lot of memories and a lot of insight for the younger and not so younger generation. Please bring it back. Miss it a lot."
"Please bring this back as our dear mother is 94. We need to re-read this!!"
"This is the most inspiring presentation that I of heard, seen and enjoyed. I sent this to my boys in hopes that when my wife and I get up in our years that it will be a reminder for them. Thanks so much. Craig"
"This is the most touching site I have had the privilege to view. I am saddened to see it is not available at this time. My father passed away in February of this year and I help to care for my mother who is 85 years young. It has been a blessing to view this over and over to help understand the feelings my father had for the past several months of his life and helps me to cope with the challenges facing both my mother and myself at this time of her life. PLEASE bring it back asap. I feel it is very greedy and selfish that you have had to take pictures from the site and find replacements. There are so many people going through so many difficult times and this was a blessing for all of us."
September 8, 2009
"I wish you could revise this to have just a mother sending it to here children. Since I am divorced I would just like it coming from me. It is very beautiful."
September 7, 2009
"The very best piece on the subject I have ever had the pleasure to read."
September 5, 2009
"I truly hope you again put this online with whatever updates you are needing to do on it. It was so very inspiring and it has a way of reaching people in a way sometimes just them seeing there parents or family members well lets put it this way it tells there families what they cant say themselves. God bless you and your staff for such a wonderful piece."
"I loved this site and I do hope to get it back, I cried everytime I read it. It will be worth the wait. Sincerely, Jeannie"
September 4, 2009
"I was very sad when I went to watch the clip and it was gone!! I take care of both my parents, watched it when things got me down. I would watch it, start it over again to watch and cry the whole time I watched it. Please bring it back!!!!"
"There are so many stories on the feedback boards of how this video presentation has touched lives and helped people. My suggestion is forget the Getty people and let the people on the boards send in their own personal pictures that have no copyright attached. Could be pictures of nature, city scenes, family members, whatever touches you. Set all these images into a slideshow with the same song and text. This would be even more powerful than the original IMO."
"This is such a wonderful message, I look forward to seeing it back up on line soon. Incredible reminders for such a fast-paced world. Thank you! Terry"
"I was so so disappointed when I found out that Parents' Wish was not available for viewing any more -- This was absolutely one of the most beautiful sites that has come across the Internet -- forever!!! I can relate to Parents' Wish, losing my mom to Alzheimer's Disease a few years back and cried every time I viewed it. Please, please bring it back -- Angela"
September 3, 2009
"My father died 3 years ago tomorrow. I know when I first saw this it really helped me be more patient with my mother. Wish I'd had it more than 3 years ago. I occasionally go back and watch it again. Really sorry to see that because of 'a copyright claim by Getty Images,' it is no longer online. I would think anyone with a copyright would allow this if they ever saw it. I know I would. I really hope you can get this back online. Thanks a million. Kathy"
"I am 81 years old. Today I wanted to read and hear the Parents' Wish again, as I always did, every so often. I also wanted to send it to a special person close to me, I thought it would be an eye opener. Much to my dismay , we now have no access to it. Please make it available to us. It can help so many people to face reality. It is so beautiful, so true and so sad, But such is life when it goes the full circle. and the parents become the children and vice versa. Please Bring it back. Thank you."
"I am a nurse who teaches hospital staff and nursing students, and have used Parents' Wish many times to help them see the patient's point of view. It adds and empathetic and poignant note to the presentations, and I am very disappointed that it will not be available. I hope the copyright issue can be expedited in view of the enormous positive effect it can have on those who love or take care of the elderly. Nancy Bonard, MSN, RN-BC"
"When will it return? I miss it so bad!!!!!! Diane"
"I have shared this with many people and believe the young should realize that they also will be old one day. Please try to have back on line soon. Thankful, Barbie"
"Isnít it a shame that something so beautiful must be regimented by some so small in their thinking? I saw this not to long after my mother has passed away and the solace and comfort and memories it brought back were unlimited. I hope that the new video will be as wonderful as the last one. Perhaps we all need to think more along the lines of 'the good old days' instead of 'this will be a gold mine'. Some things are more precious than the almighty dollar. Wonít we ever learn that valuable lesson? This video makes you think of wonderful events that you might have put away and then suddenly remembered. Didnít they bring a smile to your face or cause a good feeling in your heart? PLEASE HURRY AND GET THIS BACK UP - EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE LOVE IN THEIR HEART."
"I love Parents' Wish. It is beautiful and speaks to all who listen. Please bring it back as soon as possible. I had it saved on my Desktop to share with others."
"I can only guess that those folks, who claimed copyrights, from Getty Images, don't have parents or anyone of value to them in their lives. My husband is now a paraplegic and seems to be getting the early stages of dementia. He cried when he heard and watched Parents' Wish. Please, please bring it back. It was too beautiful and could and should not be forgotten. Thanking you. Shirley Chetty"
September 2, 2009
"I enjoyed this very insightful piece and am so sorry it is not available. Thank you for the thoughtfulness in it. Jean"
September 1, 2009
"We are very saddened that this piece is no longer online. I work with seniors and have shared it with hundreds of families to help them cope. Fabulous work! Terri"
August 31, 2009
"The Parents' Wish was fantastic. I had seen it before you took it off, then went back again and I got the off the air message. Please bring it back."
August 30, 2009
"I think it is deplorable to have your message taken from view. I am an author and I understand copyright law, but your work could never harm the Getty work. Your work is beautiful and I saved it for a special reason. I wanted to send it yesterday to someone who really needed such a lovely message. H. Wilson Adams, author of Double Yellow Line"
"It's so touching that I can't use any right word/s to describe how I feel. Whenever I view it again I would start to cry for I missed my grandparents (father and mother's side) and my parents who were all in heaven now. More power to you. God bless... Jimmy Tiu Lian Teng from Manila, Philippines"
August 28, 2009
"I am also one of those people who love Josh Groban. I also love Parent's Wish. My husband had Dementia, and has since passed away. I would watch it often, and cry each time. It would be sad for me to watch it, but also give me a great feeling. I know there is a God, and he gave us this to help us along the way. I need it back, so I am hopping to see it, or some thing like it soon. Thank you. Carol"
August 27, 2009
"I have never seen a more heart touching item on loving parents. The beauty of this piece must not be lost. Please, whatever it takes, bring it back on line as soon as possible. Sincerely!"
"This was a beautiful presentation and to think someone wants to make a buck off of it is terrible. My mother is 78 and this brings tears to my eyes everytime. Do what you can to get it back on-line. a fan"
August 26, 2009
"I lost my dad to Alzheimers last year.. and every time I listened to Parents' Wish, it made me realize how important my parents were and are to me.. shame on whoever could remove such a beautiful thing,.. please bring it back soon, I miss it like I miss my Dad...........Donald R"
"I too miss the touching video. It brought back the respect that so many have lost for the elderly. And it was nothing but truth in the life cycle we live in. Children need to know this and learn to respect. I too wanted to save it forever. I had a few relatives die of Alzheimers and although it was geared for dementia to me it all works the same -truly miss it. It's a good reminder to us all."
August 24, 2009
"I have heard how wonderful this video is and wish I could view it. Would you let me know when the website is available."
August 23, 2009
"Shame one them--my Dad (my best friend) died a year ago in Feb of '08 and I find great comfort in watching this video--it help me understand what he was feeling--SHAME, SHAME SHAME!!!!!!!!!!"
"This video touched me so much when I listened to it that I cried the whole way through. Sent to everyone I knew. Could you please advise as to where I could get this video if I want to buy it? Thanks, Pauline, Mother, Grandmother"
"Who would ever deal with a company like Getty Images after pulling their pictures. How low can they get. It's not like anyone is making profit from this. They are legally correct however, but sorely lacking in goodwill and common sense."
"Too bad that I can't see or hear this forward. The prior feedbacks make me really want to see it. Couldn't something be done to make it available again? Please."
August 22, 2009
"This was very nice. Why would Getty take this off."
"It is a shame that Getty Images is not willing to share their images for such a touching slide show. I am a published poet and author. I have several poems that people have asked to use for their web sites. I gladly give them my permission, without compensation, as long as my copyright is on the page. If my words touch one heart then I feel like I have accomplished something. In my opinion it is selfish of Getty Images to not allow the lovely pictures to be used."
August 21, 2009
"I had kept this email, because it was to very touching. I wept inside and out when I read and listened to this! I kept it so that I could replay it when I felt I needed to, and tonight I tried to replay it and came upon this problem. Please, please bring it back - my 93 year old Mother has been in a nursing home for 4 years. She has Alzheimers, and I looked after her until I couldn't do it anymore. This helped me to come to some kind of understanding about life.......I.R."
"I hope you can straighten this thing out with the photos and put this show back up. At 58, my parents are gone, but many of my friends are having to witness their parents ill, dying, etc. I like to send this to them to remind them that these wonderful people need to be understood and we, their children, need to be reminded what THEY'RE going through, not US. Good luck. I'll keep checking back. Barbara Marullo Dallas, TX"
"It was absolutely beautiful!! Would it be possible to get a copy of the script that was in the Video? I would so like to have a copy for my children, so that they can understand and appreciate how we want our final years to be and for the decisions we will make. Your documentary was very profound....Thank you !!!"
Pity Getty Images donít have a heart Ė I presume that those guys have parents as well! Peter, Republic of Ireland"
August 20, 2009
"From your website I understand that due to copyright the slide show is temporary offline. I would like suggest why don't you approach those organizations that support this kind of good act, and they hardly claim for copyright, to film an MTV etc, for you to put at your website."
August 19, 2009
"Please bring it back to the Internet. Absolutely loved it. The best ever. All children should read it."
August 17, 2009
"I understand the absence of Video. How do I get the Audio previously available. Thank you. It kept me going every day. Thank you. Old man"
"I really do love it and miss not being able to pull it up to read once in awhile and hope to see it again real soon."
August 14, 2009
"I cried when I viewed this video. It filled my heart so completely with the Love from God in heaven. I felt the warmth, the beauty, the inspiration that seeing something such as this very video, can fill a parents wish to come through. I am currently going through this very thing with my daughter-in-law. I have a blood disease that causes memory loss and she will have nothing whatsoever to do with me because in the past I have dwelled on my disease. I was majorly doped up by the doctors med giving to take the pain away, that I did not know where I began or ended. She will not give me even the slightest chance for her understanding. This video is something every grown child should see. But with my daughter in law, she is not the type of person who cares about her husbands family and I find that so very sad. I have given her every chance in the book, but it is a hopeless case where she is concerned. And the sad part to all of this is, my son never comes to my defense. I thank the person who made this video because it shows the feelings of the parents wish so elegantly. It says all I ever wanted to say. Thank you! Rebecca Leah Rice A mother, grandmother and a wife. La Porte, TX"
"It is the most beautiful and poignant thing I have ever read. Have told dozens of friends and family about it. Having 4 children it really hits home. Thank you for the pleasure and sadness it brings me. Respectfully yours, Edward A.Linser, Columbus, Ohio."
August 13, 2009
"I have enjoyed the Parents' Wish so much. It was when I found out I had dementia. It gave me a lot of comfort! Hope it comes back soon. Carolyn"
August 12, 2009
"I want Josh back please!"
"Itís great presentation. I realized to love my parents more. Those are indeed every parent wish.... hope it is downloadable so that we can share it to our friends who donít have networks... thanks... more power!"
"A friend sent me Parents' Wish soon after my Dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. Every time I looked into his eyes after I received this beautiful message I could hear him asking me to be patient. I play it regularly and always have a good cry. My Dad is now in a Nursing Home and he no longer knows who I am, but that look still appears. I was sorry that when I needed to watch this lovely message again that I found that it was not available. I look forward to it's return. I was able to have my cry today just by writing this. Thank you very much. PLP--MA"
August 10, 2009
"I can't tell you how much I loved Josh Groban and the Parents' Wish. I cried while reading it. I sent it to my children and I hope they absorbed all of it. I wish I could have read something like that before my parents passed away. I hope you get this up and running again. I miss reading it and listening to Josh Groban. Heather from British Columbia, Canada"
August 9, 2009
"I absolutely love it. It is the best one ever. I sent this to both of my girls to read. They loved it. This should help them have a little more patience with us as we are getting older and more forgetful. Would love to have a copy of this. Don't take it off the Net please."
August 8, 2009
"So very beautiful. Betty M."
August 7, 2009
"I heard so much about this story called Parents' Wish that I would like to have a copy for my daughter."
"I have been diagnosed with dementia when I first saw this Parents' Wish and it has been a source of contentment since."
August 6, 2009
"A friend of mine sent this to me and I was so touched. Both of my parents are now gone. This slide show really captures their lives and it's part of what helps me get by now that they are gone. Please bring it back real soon. I have friends from time to time that need to see it."
"I am so sorry to see you have had to take down your wonderful slideshow due to copyright issues. I watched it many times and had saved it to show my family and friends. My husband had severe Alzheimers, and I cared for him at home until he sadly died a year ago. The slideshow should be required viewing for anyone in a caring role. I have recently set up my own web-site - see below - and have many photos included of my Jim, and also my Mum - who has dementia. If there are any photos in there that could be of use to you - you are more than welcome to use them. When you have the slideshow back up - could I also please have permission to include it in my site. All my links have been authorised so far. Regards - Mrs Ann Reid"
August 5, 2009
"This presentation was so touching that I wanted to save it forever but now it is gone."
"A friend sent this to me in August 2006 as my Fathers memory was deteriorating and his temper was getting worse. I felt for my Mom and was trying to help her all I could. I watched the clip and it helped me to put a lot of this into perspective. Now I have a friend who needs it as bad as I did. Hopefully it will be back soon."
August 4, 2009
"It was great to view and share with my nursing staff."
"I was so disappointed that Parents' Wish was taken offline. I really love to listen to it and I am a parent and grandmother. Once I heard the slideshow, I sent it to several of my friends. Hope it will be available again soon.Thanks."
August 3, 2009
"I teach an upper level college course on Adulthood and Aging. I have been using your slide show as part of the curriculum. The students enjoy it very much. Please try and put it back up. Dr. Neil C. Davis Psychology Department University of West Florida"
"I must tell you that I lost my mother last month from complications of Alzheimers and this Parentís Wish touched me to the very bottom of my soul. Whenever the care of Mom got too much for me, I was able to watch this video and appreciate what she did for me throughout my lifetime. It allowed me to finally cry and accept her death while letting go of her so that she can be at peace. Josh Groban is beyond compare and the photos are priceless. Iím sorry that you took the website down as I was feeling a connection to Mom and needed to hear it one more time. Please continue searching for suitable pictures and reinstate this wonderful piece of art. Thank you so very much. Martha Neerings"
"I was so moved by this slideshow that I watched it several times. Those I forwarded it to were also touched. Some even said they would have more patience with their parents, after seeing it. I had planned to view it again, today, but see that it is temporarily unavailable. Please try to get it back online; for it will make a difference in the way older people are treated. Thanks. Juanita"
"I am so sorry that I didn't check my E-Mails sooner. There was a note on mine that the video had been taken off for some reason. I am so looking forward to you getting it back on. I have read most of the responses and feel I have really missed an E-Mail of a life time.. I just hope you can get it back on. I have a lot of folks I would like to send it to also. If there is anything we can do please let us know!!!!!"
August 1, 2009
"WoW! thanXXX... Our lives are filled with countless Tiny, Day-to-day experiences, and those truly Special Moments, that, combined as one, become the PRICELESS collection of SHARED LOVE, that we call MEMORIES. The Parents' Wish brings us back through those TREASURED MOMENTS, and allows us to face TOGETHER, with DIGNITY and COMPASSION, those difficult, but in each life, inevitable pathways of our Final Journeys. Your Parents' Wish allows us to find comfort in the often reversed roles, that feel so unusual to us. It gives us a sense of ACCEPTANCE, that Life Is, what it is Meant to Be."
July 31, 2009
"Our lives are filled with countless Tiny Day-to-day experiences, and those truly Special Moments, that combined as one, become the PRICELESS collection of SHARED LOVE, that we call MEMORIES. The Parents' Wish brings us back through those TREASURED MOMENTS, and allows us to face TOGETHER, with DIGNITY and COMPASSION, those difficult, but in each life, inevitable pathways of our Final Journeys. Your Parents' Wish allows us to find comfort in the often reversed roles, that feel so unusual to most of us. It gives us a sense of ACCEPTANCE, that Life Is, what it is Meant to Be."
"Thank you so much. Love to all the parents in the world. Dennis Noble"
"Thank you very kindly for making this available. As an older widow parent, this presentation is able to say things that are not always easy for parents to say to their children. Fortunately, I have a loving and caring family but I have sent this to older friends who do not. Perhaps they will be brave enough to send it to their children. May you recognize the many blessings in your daily life as God at work. A Reader/Viewer"
"I am a 17 year old teenager and after I watched this video, I realized that this video really knocks some sense on me. Our parents are the ones who are taking care of us since we were a baby and when we started to grow older, we realize that we find parents are naggy. After watching this video.. it makes me reflect a lot on myself and I learned a lot from this video. Thank you."
July 30, 2009
"Thanks for putting this together... My parents emailed me the link and I was so touched by it that I would love to have a copy!"
"Absolutely the Truth, the Whole TruthÖÖ"
July 29, 2009
"I am 77 and you have captured it all. I have never been able to adequately explain any of these things to my children. I am praying that this slide show will finally get through to them just how I feel. And, my wife of 57 years and their Mother, now in an Alzheimer's facility still has feelings even though she may not remember their names. In her heart, God has engraved their names and as her beloved husband, I know mine is there. At times, she will still look longingly at me and say, 'I Love You' then I melt, I hold her close and tell her that I love her more than life itself. In fact, the kids and even my younger friends have a hard time understanding when I say I love her more today than the day I married her. She still is my BEAUTIFUL, LOVING BRIDE. Of course I am weeping now, as I am living in an independent living facility several miles from her facility and I am so lonesome I can hardly stand it. I was never cut out to be a bachelor. Dear God I miss her so and I miss seeing my Children on a regular basis. Thank you again for such a marvelous tribute to those of us on the far downside of life. Your story tells it all just like it is. May God send special blessings to you for this slide show. Lee from Easley, SC"
"This is one of the most touching videos I've ever watched. I cried through the whole thing. I work in a nursing home and this just maybe regroup and remember just why. I know God called me to do the kind of work I do. Its just simply beautiful and very well told I do believe from the hearts of the older generation. Thanks so much for sharing this. May God bless you."
"The music was beautiful, the scenes moving and the thoughts expressed sentimental. If I sent it to any of my four children, they would be heartbroken that I would think they would be capable of forgetting."
"This touched my heart so beautiful. Maureen, New York."
July 28, 2009
"All I can say is WOW! Beautiful words, music, and photographs. Everyone caring for an elderly parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent, sister, brother, or spouse should see this. I will archive this and keep it to remind me that patience is a virtue. God gave me the greatest parents he had to give. I pray every day that I donít let them down now that theyíre older and need help. This will help be keep the faith and have the courage to get through those tough days Sandra, Ohio"
July 27, 2009
"How I wish I had seen this beautiful tribute about 7 years ago when my own mom and dad were faltering. They're gone now, but I just sent the Single Mother version to my son and daughter. I lost my dear husband two months ago and much of this content applied to him and his daily care. Thank you very much for all the effort you put into making this wondrous creation available to so many grateful people. Rose Walsh, Tucson, Arizona"
"Josh Groban always puts things into perspective. I see so many elderly people who have no family to care for them. How what a tragedy. Everyone needs to see this and put it in perspective as to how much our parents have done for us. To spend those few precious years nearing life's end with them, will never be enough payment for what they taught use in those few short years when life began. Mom you will always be cared for and loved when that time comes."
"It was very touching. My mother has Alzheimers and I have been through all the steps shown with her."
"So touching, I just loved it, the song has a very special meaning for us, so this was just perfect. Well done!!!"
July 26, 2009
"Fantastic work, congratulations, and thank you! You may have helped me find my niche, finally."
July 25, 2009
"This is one of the most beautifully done pieces I've ever read on the Internet. It seems it takes someone who has been there to know how to write something like this. I've sent it on to our children. Thank you for sharing."
"I truly enjoyed this video in that it relates directly to our family."
"Really Fantastic & Heart Stirring Presentation."
July 24, 2009
"This is really a great effort to represent importance of parents. I believe Everyone seeing this presentation will never forget their parents. I forwarded this link to all of my contacts. Salutes for great effort. Regards, Rajesh.S"
"My parents sent this to me. This is very beautiful and was deeply felt. Being there for our parents as they were for us is the ultimate love you can ever give back to them. They have guided us through every part of our lives. God bless!"
"I just watched Parents' Wish for the first time and am SO moved. I guess my only regret is that the language speaks in the 'WE' as coming from the Mother and Father. Unfortunately after 30 years of marriage I now am an 'I' so really can't send it to my 30 and 31 year old sons. Nonetheless it is a beautiful tribute to parents....I ARE ONE! And the language is so appropriately sincere. Thank you for providing me an excuse to clean out my tear ducts! Karen :-)"
July 22, 2009
"This is beautiful. I am sending it to all my children. I know first hand about this and the dying part, my sister feels this way because she is very sick and her family won't understand. God Bless You."
July 20, 2009
"This is absolutely beautifully!"
July 17, 2009
"Thank you for reproducing this remarkable piece. I am currently living through many difficulties with my husband and my mother. I often find myself struggling with patience and it is a whole different level of emotion when trying to help my husband. God has been good throughout all of this, but it's rough. Your reminder of what truly matters in the care of those I love was so needed. Thank you again. Pat M., Iowa"
"My father died a year ago October and my mother this past February, he had Alzheimers and she had congestive heart failure. My brother and I lived with them so that they could stay home, I remember each of these things happening, I don't think we ever had a time that being with them was a burden in any way. I do know that the pain of seeing them fade from life and her begging to die to be with him ripped out my heart as this song did. Each picture was my mothers beautiful face and my dads eyes and soul. I sat at my computer at 2 am tears coming down my face like when I was a child, only now both of them are gone, the tears aren't dried by them and it is a lot harder to get back to life as usual. I don't think any thing I have ever received in my email has touched me as much."
"I am also deeply touched. It brings tears to my eyes every time I play it, or think of it. I will keep it close to my heart and think of it often as my parents are growing older. They love life, their friends and appreciate all family dearly. We three children are living far from them, but I plan to visit them as often as possible. They supported us thru all trials, joys and sadness, seeing their grandchildren and great grandchildren grow up. I am so glad I could take my grandsons across our country to spend time with them last April. Those precious times together are priceless. Thank you very much for the video. God Bless. Barb F. in San Diego, CA"
"OH MY......SIMPLY AWESOME! This has touched me so.......words fail to express how much. Kudos and Thanks to the talented author of this beautiful piece. A Loving Single Mama from Long Island, NY xoxo"
July 16, 2009
"WowÖ. Such beautiful words and the music that goes to them! I was so at awe with it that I had to send it to my three children and they all were really impressed and moved by it, so much that each child called me to talk. I have watched this a number of times and have saved it for future review. Thanks so much for the wonderful piece. Cheryl, Albany USA"
"Thank you! My father sent it to me. He and us kids are dealing with my mother who often wants to give up as the last 4 months have been very difficult for her. Her world continues to shrink with more and more limitations. She often asks us, 'Don't you understand?' I just love this Josh Groban song, so to put it with these words has given me much pause."
July 14, 2009
"I am a single grand-parent (there are many, many of us) who has raised my granddaughters, 19 and 21, for the past 15.5 years. I wish I could sign it G-Ma or Gran or Grandma. I love this and it is becoming more appropriate than ever."
"Thanks for this beautiful inspirational presentation. My mother sent it to us girls. I am now living with my mother and taking care of her as she has severe COPD. God bless you, Jacquie"
July 13, 2009
"It makes me cry every time I read it. I love it, and want to share it."
"My mother sent this link to me and as usual has me crying sitting at my desk at work. She is still young, not yet even 60, and I have to believe that she KNOWS that when she needs me to care for her, help her walk, feed her, laugh with her when she is being silly, and be patient and kind in her old age, that I will be there. She has set a shining example for me by being a loving, caring and patient parent, and by the love and care she showed for my grandmother throughout her life, and especially when she was old and could no longer do things for herself (no matter how much she argued that she could). My mother has some health issues that prevent her from doing all that she could 20 years ago, and already is refusing to ask for help. I see her often, sometimes every day in a week and I try to be there to foresee her need for help and offer so she does not have to ask. From my mother I have learned compassion, kindness, and love of family. I live in New Hampshire and my grandmother spent the last months of her life in a nursing home facility in Massachusetts, about an hour from me. Several times during the week and every weekend, I would drive down there to see her (as did my mother, my brother, my cousins, aunts and uncle) and hold her hand and talk to her and tell her that I loved her, but it seemed like so little when compared to all she had done for me through my life. I cannot tell you of the sadness and despair I felt when I saw the residents there who did not have visitors or people who apparently cared enough to take time out of their busy lives to remember what their parent/grandparent had done for them. This is a very moving presentation and should be shown on a recurring feed in all elderly housing, whether it be assisted living facilities or nursing homes, so that people can see what their loved ones want and need. Melanie, Manchester, New Hampshire."
July 12, 2009
"I am keeping this one in my special folder, so when my time is near, I'll send it to my kids, let's hope they learn from it and keep it and send it to there kids also!! It was beautiful, screening, words and music!! Hope to see more!!! Joan in CT"
July 11, 2009
"I have sat here and watched this 5 times, crying my eyes out. Thank you so very much for the reality check I needed. I lost my dad in 1999 to Alzheimers and stroke after taking care of him for over 5 years. This brought back a lot of good and sad memories (we must remember both). Currently I am taking care of my 85 year old mom who is in stage 4 lung cancer, she has side effects from chemo, can't walk well, is weak, and wants to do things she can no longer keep a handle on. Some days its so very hard to be patient but this slideshow really put it into a perspective I will never forget. I hope millions see this important reminder. Again thank you and bless you. Jeanie B Calif, USA"
"I loved this as I am getting old 75 years, and have a lot of bits wearing out. Something to keep and hear again. Joan"
"A huge salute to everyone with your organization for this inspirational Powerpoint!!!"
July 10, 2009
"I cannot tell you how much seeing this video meant to me...the tears are still flowing. I have a father 87 yeras old I do not get to see often (where he lives is far), my mom passed 30 years ago, my mother in law has the latter stages of Alzheimers, and my adoptive dad completely blind, unable to walk, or hear too well, and has dementia. Yes it is difficult to visit them, and so having this wonderful video has strengthened my desire to make sure I don't miss out on any opportunity to be with them. And yes, Josh's song was so moving. Thank you so very much."
July 9, 2009
"This is so beautiful and awesome that I am going to send it to everyone I know. I am an older parent and going through some of the trials you mentioned and my children just don't understand, so I will be sending it to them also! Thank you."
"We have a CNA Training Program and feel that it would be beneficial for the participants to view this. Not only will they understand it for their own parents but hopefully for all elderly clients that they will be taking care of."
July 7, 2009
"I loved this. It is truly beautiful. i only wish that you had a few different versions. For me it would be just from mom. Not everyone has this from both a mom and dad."
"I have sent this to over 60 people and we all loved it. It reminds us all what our lives are about. To the people that put this together-you did well! Barbara Holmes-Edmonds WA."
July 6, 2009
"How beautiful! With tears in my eyes and a heart full of memories, I remember those last years we had with our parents; aged, forgetful, decrepit ~ yet with love and thanksgiving in their hearts and eyes as we took care of them when they could no longer take care of themselves. Thank you for this beautiful reminder for the younger generation. S. Hillhouse"
"This is a great video and song it hits home in a lot of way's and I hope more people see and relate to it because it is so true. Thank you so very much. Mike Conklin & Jan Kwit-Conklin"
"I am presently trying to take care of my 84 year old father who can no longer walk and seldom wants to take a shower. I laughed when I saw that part and cried the rest of the time. It was as if you wrote it just for us. It is difficult to care for a parent when you are so used to them caring for you and it is difficult for them to let go and let you take care of them. This was beautiful and 100% right on what our parents need from us at this stage. Thank you for this. It gave me another pause to remember the short time we have left."
"God blessed me with patience when I cared for my precious mother who died in 2003. I made myself a promise that I would not have regrets after she passed away. 'You Raise Me up' has to be the most beautiful message I have ever read. I sent it to my son immediately. God bless us all and teach us to really care for those we love. Helen"
July 5, 2009
"This was so beautiful. It says so much that I have felt and could not say. Please slow it down a little I can't read, that fast any more."
July 4, 2009
"I am 69 and my husband is 72. I cried all the way through the words and song. It would be great if our daughters were more understanding of our ages and ways. I think maybe they are denying that we are truly near the end of our lives. We love them with all of our hearts and they love us, but they would benefit from this email. It is wonderful to see and read and Josh's music is not to be matched by anyone. 'C' in Tn."
"It was very touching and beautiful, especially with Josh Groban singing in the background. The only thing that bothers me is that it implies that our children owe it to us because of what we did for them. I want them to react in love rather than as pay back."
"Thank you...this was amazing. I lost my Dad to Alzheimerís in March and it just touched my heart to watch and read this. You are wonderful and thank you for sharing. Janet"
"This is an awesome and most beautiful way to let our children know a Parents' Wish. I have told my children the same, but I donít think it sinks in. This slideshow along with Joshís song has brought tears and goose bumps. Both of my parents have passed but I will be wishing the same soon and also to those who may not have parents still on earth Ė treat the elderly the same! God Bless You!"
"I'm 60 years young and crying as I write this, thinking of my children and grandchildren and of my parents since gone. What else can I say but 'thank you'. Becky C.
July 3, 2009
"WOW! I have always loved that song but the words on the screen put Parents' Wish all together. It says what my Mother has been trying to say to me the past few months. She is not well and keeps telling me how much she loves and appreciates me. I have taken care of many seniors in their last months....days of life. But dealing with my own Mother's mortality is going to be the hardest of all. You just put the words she has been trying to tell all four of us how she feels and to her favorite song. Thank you for the gift. And I will send it to our daughter who is serving her country out to sea on The USS Ronald Reagan. Thank you so much, Mary E. Grace"
July 1, 2009
"This is the most beautiful example of love of child and parent I have ever seen. Thanks."
"The words were so touching and I think our congregation would love it."
June 30, 2009
"I have never been so touched by any email attachment as I was this. Thank whoever you are for touching my heart so deeply. Thank you seems so small, but I mean it with all my heart. This was truly awesome."
"Truly amazing, and oh so true........thank you."
June 29, 2009
"There are no words that can express my depth of feeling. With parents recently gone and children recently grown, my wife and I are pulled in both directions by your song. Thank you. -HarryB"
June 28, 2009
"That said everything I would ever want to say to my children and grandchildren. Whom ever wrote it must have known what was in my mind and my heart. I have sent it along and have gotten so many comments already. Thank you for sharing."
"That was so beautiful. It was sent to me as 'When I am Old' and the website was there for me to open. I get so much 'stuff' I usually skip it. But I opened it up. Oh Dear. You see, my mortality had just been brought home to me again. Yesterday, my dear friend called to tell me her big sister died in hospital after surgery for a big benign tumor in her abdomen turned out to be cancerous tumors all through the belly. She said 'Thank you, no, no more intubation, no trip to the Major medical center. Just keep me comfortable.' She died a few hours later. She had a good life, she lived it well. But the shock is still there. We do not know the day or the hour. Our job is to live life so if today He calls, we can drop what we are doing and go. I only wish 'Toby' had a computer, because I know that video would have soothed her. It's hard to lose a sibling. Doubly so when it is the first. Again, Thank You! God Bless and keep you always in all ways!"
"My father has been gone for 32 years and my mother, who died at 98, for 10 years. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to care for her in her final years as she cared for me. I am grateful God gave me that precious time. Tears are still streaming down my face as I write this thinking about it. I will never be able to hear Josh Grobanís song again without crying."
June 27, 2009
"My father just passed (June 13) with his family at his side. He was 88, and had gone through a 4 month downhill turn, with several ups and downs along the way. Your presentation depicts all the things we needed to do for him (and to find a safe, kind place for him to stay with caregivers who treated him like their own family...we were lucky). Thank you for a beautiful representation of the need for adult children to oversee their parents' care when they are unable to for themselves. Karen, Lincoln, CA"
June 25, 2009
June 24, 2009
"Both my parents are in a care center and this hits home. Thanks."
"My parents have gone to a better place a number of years ago. I am now the elderly parent with three wonderful children with whom I will share this video. It brought me to tears, I really don't know what else to say other than thank you."
"This is outstanding. I have just turned 63 today. Even though not old, I have had many medical issues and thank God every day I am still here to enjoy life. Turmoil in my life with family right now, has brought me to despair. Sending this to my children maybe will say what I can not. You could not have had a better person as part of your message than Josh Groban. I thank you. Suzanne."
"Bravo to you. This is exactly my husbands time of life and you said it all, so sweetly and lovingly. In this age of 'you can't be too young, too beautiful and too rich', this Parents' Wish expresses the right prospective of life in the whole, not just a day/year or month. We give we love, we receive and receiving love and understanding is no doubt -a gift to the giver as well. Thank you. Elizabeth F."
June 23, 2009
"The message is clear. I only wish it reaches each and every individual in this world. A good job done. It stays in our minds for the rest of our lives. Thank you. Ravi K. Girimaji, Bangalore, India."
"It is a wonderful CD."
"It touched me so much."
June 21, 2009
"Thank you for being so realistic and so Christian. My Father is 95 years old, still going relatively strong, physically and mentally active, without the use of any mechanical aids or glasses! His sense of humour is unabated and he never stopped abiding by God's Commandments! This clip has helped to corroborate all these truths. Thank you to whoever thought it out and enrobed it in this simple, yet evocative presentation."
"Happy Fathers' Day! First, a brief timeline: My father passed away on January 17, 2008, ten days after reaching his 89th birthday. I received a link to your beautifully poignant presentation from my niece, Tammi, on February 22, 2008. Just today -- Father's Day 2009-- I found the strength to view Parents' Wish for the very first time. I cried as I've only cried two other times since Dad's death: The first as I finished singing at his church service and the second as I listened to Dan Fogelberg's 'Leader of the Band' a short time later. Second, I commend your efforts to bring this uplifting respectful message to the world. Dad and Mom raised us with this very same message in mind: Respect life at every age. Thank you for your time and consideration, and, thank you once again for creating such a wonderful tribute to our elders. Respectfully, Jessie"
"I can't say enough about how exquisite and educational this is. It is a gentle reminder to all of us about how to treat one another. Thank you so much for the opportunity to view and listen to it."
June 20, 2009
"I wish I had this to read 11 years ago, My mom died four years ago after living with Alzheimer for 7 years. I took care of her and lived with for those 7 years. As I think back on how frustrating those years were and how I would become short tempered, with her. I sat here reading this beautiful poem with tears streaming down my face, thinking of the way I would sometimes act with her. If I had read this all those years ago, those 7 years would have been so different. I wish everyone who has a parent with this terrible illness could read this. Pat"
"I am currently living with my parents. Mom has Alzheimer's and Dad needs help taking care of her. He is a rather spry fellow himself, however as I see them both aging before my eyes this video reminds me why I am doing what I am doing, and why I am living where I am living at this time in my life. As one of five living siblings, I am blessed to be the one child who gets to spend whatever time my Mom and Dad have left on this earth as we know it. God has a plan for our lives and mine includes caring for parents who so lovingly have cared for me. Virginia Jordan, Albany, Oregon"
June 19, 2009
"Words completely fail. I am overwhelmed with emotion.. tears continue to flow down my face. Thank you all for putting this poignant piece together. The world is indebted to you. Mary Jane"
June 18, 2009
"Thank you for the most beautiful presentation I have ever received. Never have words been read that mean so very much both as a giver and a receiver. Peace, Love and Patience to one and all. Jeanine, New Zealand"
"I lost my great-grandmother, Ebelle Nolan Rogers (Grandmama), recently. She was an amazing woman to all that knew her, especially her grandchildren! When I watched this video, I immediately thought of her and her daughter who is my grandmother, Merle Rogers Hodge (Meme). Even though Grandmama was in a nursing care facility, Meme spent so much of her time visiting, caring and buying extra things that Grandmama needed. I know that she must have often been tired of driving back and forth but she and my Papa (Aubrey Hodge) continued to go the extra mile to make Grandmamaís life happier. They always kept Grandmama supplied with her small cokes and candy bars. She had to have those! I know that their love and kindness for both of their mothers was their way of giving back to them and for honoring our Heavenly Father. I hope that someday I can be the child to my parents that my grandparents were to theirs. I know that they both earned their wings on this earth by honoring their parents and loving them the way God intended us to do. Thank you for allowing me to share this with others. Jill Hodge Guiterrez, Louisiana
June 16, 2009
"Even though right now, I'm only 75, these thoughts go thru my mind already. And I relate to everything I read from you. It is awesome the way it sounds so much like my feelings right now, and I want my kids, who are 53, 52, and 47 to be able to read it also to know where I am coming from, and to try to understand me better. I'm sure it would help them immensely to know me better. I wish I could copy and/or print it, but I can't. Thanking you very very much. I am, just Bill. And, oh yes, since our divorce 31 years ago, I have lived alone for the better part of those years, and it's not been easy, especially now, in my later years.... Very lonely."
"The way life is, the years go by so swiftly. We will all have our turn. Very nicely done. Thank You."
June 15, 2009
"Having just buried my 99 year old father I wish I had received this prior to his death. His health was failing, I knew that and could cope with the thought of losing him, BUT I could not handle the anger and bitterness that he was feeling and directed only at myself. I was blessed, though, to speak to (not with) him on the day before Easter and told him that I loved him. His last words to me were, 'I love you too.' I am crying now at that memory and thank you for such a beautiful presentation. God bless and keep you."
June 13, 2009
"MAGNIFICENT....I thank you as a child of a parent who is 'there' and as a parent of children who will soon be where MY parent is!! Susan Fritz"
June 12, 2009
"God works in mysterious ways. I opened an email from a friend with this link attached. The message was exactly what I needed to hear at the moment that I needed to hear it. My mother is elderly and is struggling with the many physical and mental ailments that come with age. I have not been as patient as I should and now realize that my impatience is a manifestation of my fear. My mother, who cared for me and nurtured me all my life, is more childlike than my grandchildren and I am not willing or ready to loose her. I want my bright, opinionated, bossy, loving, generous, kind mother back, but that is unrealistic at this point. Instead, I have to learn to enjoy who she is now, remember who she was once, and love her no matter. Thank you, thank you!"
June 11, 2009
"This was sent to me by my cousin, and being older myself, it brought me to tears, as it reminded me of my dearest parents and grandparents. I loved them so much. God bless you for this website. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sincerly, Dolores"
June 8, 2009
"I work in a nursing home and have since 1990 I too believe that this should be shown at every nursing home not only to the aides but every department that works there. I have always loved the song now it means even more. This is so beautiful I am sending it to everyone on my list including my pastor. Thank you for putting this on for so many to see. Sharon"
June 7, 2009
"This was a very heart wrenching narration. I cried mostly because my own parents have died and how much more I could have been thoughtful when they told me they were tired and weary or when I lost my patience with them. I did send it to my own children. Both of them sent me back an e-mail telling us that they appreciated all we had taught them and thanked us for all we had done for them. Beautiful just beautiful. Thanks to those who put it together for us. Raquel Martinez Robinson"
June 5, 2009
"I had seen this one before and now once again I am seeing it, can't describe how beautiful it is and how thoughtful the wordings are, the person who wrote this must have been a very thoughtful person and I have sent it to my friends and my daughter who lives in UK. I am sure she will appreciate it and will not think twice about scolding us and getting impatient with us, my wife and I are past our 70's and feel that what is written is so true to life. If you have any more like these please do send them to me and I will pass it on to all in my contact list. Thanks for making my day Sohrab Chenoy Arcadia, Wahab Nagar Staff Road. Secunderabad. Andhra Pradesh India"
"That was so beautiful.... Thank you for interpreting my thoughts and feelings. Keep on going. Keep your head to the sky and God Bless You."
June 4, 2009
"Thank you for sharing and improving the video. I have dial-up, but this slide show loaded so quickly. Thank you also for making it available in single parent format. How thoughtful of you!"
"Someone sent this to my husband and he forwarded it to me today, the day after we returned from a 'working' vacation. We had taken my parents - both in their late 80's from Chicago to Cape May New Jersey to meet and vacation with my brothers and their wives. My mother wanted to go there one last time. We drove, because Daddy is not willing to fly. Along the way, God placed an amazing number of people who were tender and understanding to help us when we stopped for meals, restrooms or the night. Whether it was to hold a door for the old man in the wheel chair, or the old woman with the walker, or whether it was carrying a tray to our table so my husband and I were free to help them get to the table, people helped. It was beautiful! Yes, there were truly times when I reminded myself that they had wiped my tears, my nose, and other parts of my body when I was frail and weak as they are now. The trip wore us out but we are glad to have done it for them. Every word in your presentation, every phrase, and every thought hit a nerve. I cried and cried and cried. Thank you. Yours as always, Betsy"
June 3, 2009
"This is a real tear jerker when you have a parent in this situation. I have passed this on to many, where they forget about how are parents were when we were young and sometimes I forget, but try not to and I look at this daily and it really helps me when I go to a home where he is now. When seeing my Dad how he used to be and how he is now, compared to how strong and independent he used to be."
"This reminds me of my mother who is deceased now, and my father who is in a nursing home now with dementia and alzheimers and sometimes get very angry and disruptive there. I feel this would be good presentation for the Aides and Nurses to see while these people who cannot help themselves on their behavioral problems. Sometimes they forget that these people there are not like they were when they were young."
"This was the most eye opening truth I have ever had the pleasure of viewing!!! And EVERYONE has parents, so I'm sending it to Everyone!!! I thank you for being the people you already are out there! Thank you!!!!!!!!!"
May 30, 2009
"Having never seen my grandparents and my parents passed away a long time ago this hit me pretty hard. I have two adopted children but I am now very old and they are grown. I sent it to them and this morning I got an email saying 'Thanks Dad. You picked us up and have carried us both on your shoulders all our lives and we love you so much for that.' I can now lay down and close my eyes for the last time. Dad"
May 28, 2009
"I was taking care of an elderly uncle who passed away a little over a year ago and I'm currently caring for my elderly mother. This spoke directly to my heart because this is exactly why I retired to care for them. They gave so much to us for our entire lives, so when they need us the most, we are there for them. Sometimes my mother and I laugh together and sometimes we cry, but I'm always thankful that I have the privilege to be there for her now."
"Thank you so very much for this presentation. My 94 year old father has just suffered a stroke 3 days ago and we are all hoping and praying for him. He is a strong old soldier who fought in World War II and is still fighting now. The words in the story are so very true and should be remembered by us all about our parents. My mother passed away in 2004 from Alzheimers at 90 and Dad has lived in Assisted living for the last 2 years. Sometimes it gets very difficult and trying for us children to look after them and keep up to their demands and needs. I know we all get angry or fed up or frustrated with our elderly parents sometimes, it is a new task that we have taken on and we have no experience in this field to know how to handle it. We all forget what they must have gone through to Raise us UP when we were at the opposite end of the life scale. There is not an unlimited amount of time left to honour and love our parents no matter how old they are. We need to heed the words of this presentation and Joshís song and to pay attention to them and to take action now not when itís too late. A few years ago I met a lady in a store at the greeting card counter while I was picking out a Motherís Day card for my mother. I commented that it was difficult to pick the right card for a difficult woman, she said, sheíd give anything to have her mother back so she could buy her a card no matter how difficult it might be. She told me I was a very lucky man to still have my mother around to buy a card for. Honour thy Mother and thy Father and show them all the love they have shown you. There isnít very much time left and thereís no way to turn the clock back when itís too late."
"Congratulations for touching lives with this amazing video presentation!!!"
"Praise the Lord! This is so amazingÖ my heart was deeply touched and Iím thankful to our Father in heaven for the gift of my parents- Dad (heís home with the Lord now) and my Mom (whose love is ever so selflessÖto this day!). Their fidelity is so steadfast and I am indeed very blessed. I am single and thank everyone who made this beautiful video happen!!! I have passed it on to many single friends too in addition to single dads and mums, parents, grandparents and everyone who made a difference by choosing to LOVE. I believe everyone needs to see this and pass it onÖ!!! Alleluia, Linda"
May 26, 2009
"This was one of the most beautiful e-mails I have ever received. And very truthful."
May 23, 2009
"Beautiful testimony of parenthood on all levels. I also love Josh Groban singing You Raised Me Up. For many reasons I cried all through this. As a child, as a parent and as a grandparent....we relate. Thank you."
May 22, 2009
"Thanks. I will save it and hope I have the mind to send it to my two beautiful children when the time comes."
"Well put together. Two years ago, my beautiful wife, Diane, passed away. Our dreams and hope for the future were gone. The first year for me was the hardest year of my life. Then I met a woman by chance. She lost her husband four days after I lost my wife and her son died four months later. Together we walked thru the valley of grief. Life is for the living, we know we will see our mates some day, so live. We are now engaged, but our kids do not approve. My 2 daughters have not spoken to me in months. My sons understand. Her oldest son does not approve at all. My kids do not realize that if I am to live and be happy with what years I have left, they are missing out on life. I am the only one left, but they are not happy for me. I wish they could see this video. It would open their eyes wide. Sylvia and I are so happy, we go on trips, cruises, fly were we want and do whatever we want, enjoying life to the fullest. They have their families and jobs, they live a full life and more. Its a shame, but life is too short, to be bitter, they will come around some day hopefully before its too late. This Parents' Wish was beautiful and sad, but so so true. They forget what it was like 40 to 50 years ago. Bill & Sylvia"
May 21, 2009
"Someone took great lengths to produce this and it speaks directly to how aging folks feel. We hope those who listen take heart from it. Thanks for allowing us to view it. God bless. John and Carol Llewellyn"
May 19, 2009
"Please for to me the beautiful composition that has been created. Thank you ALL for the work, time, creativity and love you have put into this. God Bless You. Terri"
May 18, 2009
"I loved this! It's exactly what I would like my children to know before the time comes when it's applicable. I'm getting there faster than I would like! However, I'm just Mom. Dad got a new, younger version. Is there any way I can modify it to be just from Mom. Even if I couldn't change the 'we' throughout, which is okay true, could I somehow sign it Mom? Thank you for all the time you spent getting this to all of us who identify with it and appreciate the sentiments. I could have used the advice when I was trying to help my own parents! Patsey Reed Nashville, TN"
May 15, 2009
"Thank you for such a touching video; the music is perfect. May I suggest that you consider.... Not every family has the good fortune to have both a mother and father. Some are single-parent families, and as a Mother who raised my little ones alone, I would like to send this to my children. I am certain that there are single fathers who feel the same as I do. In today's world, many grandparents are raising their grandchildren. Sad, but true. How difficult would it be to create one 'From Mom' and one from 'From Dad' or perhaps 'From one who loved raising you'? Blessings for all who worked on this. Pamela Asbury-Smith"
May 14, 2009
May 13, 2009
"I just read this, with a 'lump in my throat'. Very well done, it is beautiful.....many thanks to you for this Christian approach. May God Bless you always.. I read the responses...and agree with all of them. Marge, in Florida and Wisconsin"
May 12, 2009
"Thank you for your inspirational piece, I'm sending it to my children. It has brought back many treasured memories."
May 11, 2009
"You have just put into words what I experience so much of each day. My Mom is in a nursing home and I try to see through her eyes and even put down on paper words that I believe she would love to write down. Thank you for sharing this wonderful message with us and hopefully one that we won't forget to remember. We will all be in this place at one time or another and do long for the compassion and understanding of those around us. Thank you and God Bless. Janis Cooper, Mt. Vernon, Texas"
May 10, 2009
"Thanks so much. I sent this to both of my 'boys'."
May 9, 2009
"It is absolutely beautiful."
"This is so beautiful. I wish to thank all those who had a hand in developing it. I sent it to all on my email list. It's particularly significant on this Mothers' Day. Thank you, and God Bless."
May 7, 2009
"I was unprepared for the emotions and memories that this beautiful video evoked. I had wonderful parents who both died too young, but I am caring for my 92 year old father-in-law since I am the only family he has. Unfortunately, he is past many of the actions the video requests, but I will do my best to see that he is treated with respect and kindness. Out of my three children, one is in heaven, but I pray that my other son and daughter will treasure their relationship with me as I treasured and loved them while they were growing up and still do. They and my grandchildren are the lights of my life. My husband always said that the 'quality of life' determines so much for us. Your video promotes that every senior adult deserves love, care, and time from those around them. I hope this makes a difference in peoplesí perspective of those of us who are beginning the twilight of our years."
May 6, 2009
"I have MS and being a nurse I know what my future holds and I have made arrangements that my kids don't like or understand but this clip has made it a lot easier to explain things. To whoever made it my heartfelt thanks.... Stella (53 years old mother of 5 kids and 10 grandkids)"
May 1, 2009
"If this doesn't make you appreciate your parents more.. I don't know what will. Thank you so much, there's no words that express how I feel when I watch this slide show... there is not a time when my tears does not flow down my face, when watching this. I wish that every person that does not appreciate their parents, watches this... maybe the world wouldn't be so cruel... if children just remember everything their parents did for them to get them were they are today, even if they are not in their life, or not even a role model... without their parents, they wouldn't have this opportunity to be a part of life. Thank you so much for this most meaningful message - Sandee"
April 28, 2009
"Thank you for this beautiful presentation. It is a vivid reminder that we should do all we can for those we love while they are still with us. Nothing so sad as living with regrets."
"When I saw your video I just cried. I take care of my 82 year old father. So many of the things that you showed on the video were so true for me and my relationship with my Dad. Thank you for putting those thoughts together in such an inspirational video. I have sent it to all of my siblings!! Thank you, Becky Allen"
April 27, 2009
"Wonderful, leads you to flash backs of your children, grand children and now great grands. A lot of wonderful times with family. geri"
April 24, 2009
"I was deeply moved by this video. I am now being faced with my father who has dementia and alzheimers disease. It breaks my heart to see him so confused and being so disoriented. It takes me back to a child when my life was carefree and my parents loved and took such good care of me. And now in turn, I am loving and caring for my parents in the same gentle way. Although it is so tough seeing the blank look or my father not remembering these memories that made me who I am today. I thank God for my wonderful parents and all of the Christian and moral values they instilled in me. I cherish each time we are together because I never know if it will be my last kiss and hug for my daddy. My Grandmother actually before she passed had a copy of this poem and wanted me to make a copy and give it to my mother and her siblings before she passed on at the age of 96. Once I heard this music along with the touching words tears gushed down my face. Thank you for sharing and I Thank God for my wonderful memories of my parents and grandparents and all the wonderful memories they have given me for a lifetime. Gloria Debnam Siler City, NC"
April 23, 2009
"Such a wonderful and meaningful slide show."
"I love this message."
"This video touched my heart so deeply".
"The message is strong, but for me, the one slide dealing with (sic) 'When we no longer want to live Ė you will understand when you get here' is inappropriate. (Sorry Ė my opinion.) Young and old feel pain and suffering throughout their lives Ė that too is a part of Godís plan (since the fall). I would have preferred a message of hope and support in response to that feeling of despair Ė or to clarify (if this was the intent) that they are simply ready to meet their Father. We are each given 120 years. If you are blessed enough to make it to 120 Ė you are one of the lucky ones. Either way, 120 years or less is NOTHING compared to eternity. Stay focused on the big picture. It is a good message Ė that went straight to my heart (and my tear ducts). Thank you! John Calvano"
April 22, 2009
"Your video Parents' Wish is wonderful."
"May God pour out a blessing upon you for producing something so inspiring and moving."
April 21, 2009
"My Brother sent this to me and I am sending it to my Son who I know loves me but hardly makes contact. Did not even hear from him on my birthday a few days ago. This is so touching I am still crying."
April 18, 2009
"I received the Parents' Wish from my Mother. It was so touching. The one thing that really touched me was the part where it talked about dying and please understand. I work for a hospice organization and it is so hard for families to understand why their parents have lived their and are ready to go."
"Very well done clip... it says everything about how a parent feels about their children... as a single father, this is my wish too.. as I get older and will not see my children that often anymore... best I have ever seen in my life..."
April 17, 2009
"Such a beautiful video, it made me cry and was happy to do so as I remembered all the caring and beautiful things my parents did for me growing up. My siblings and myself cared for our mother before she died with cancer then cared for our elderly father with dementia at home for another six years until he passed at 98 years old. Yes it was sometimes very hard and our patience wore thin but we never regretted not putting him into a nursing home. This video has re-enforced that decision. I will be passing this onto all my family and friends."
April 16, 2009
"The story line along with the music is so touching and true that I can not imagine not allowing you to copy it. It would be a tribute to the song also. What are they thinking by not allowing it. Hopefully you will be able to navigate the legal areas and produce a CD that would be cherished by many."
"This is so touching! - it brought tears to my eyes. I'm a nurse and I think of those geriatric patients who lay in their hospital beds day after day and their children are too busy to visit them. I just lost my Dad - he was 90, and he was well-loved and cared-for. Thank you for this beautiful show... Becky, Harlingen, TX"
April 15, 2009
"This video is so very timely for me as I am dealing right now with my 91 year old mother who has lived with me for the last 35 years. I was warned to view it with tissues nearby. No amount of tissues could contain the tears. I've been ashamed of the way I lose my patience. Daily trying to make sense of conversations, a lapse of memory (short term) or of her repeating 'old stories' again and again. I'm angered at my mother's lose of memory, hearing, and common sense. I'm mourning the lose of a mother who was so decisive and controlling and now can't even control herself. I am a Christian and my feelings have impeded my prayers. My thanks to whoever put this video and music together."
April 12, 2009
"I come from a family of seven children and we have a mom who is suffering from Parkinsons along with a host of other ailments and seeing this video made me cry that we donít ALWAYS understand what she is going through even though I try too. My father is 83 and we all look after her, unfortunately living in a separate country does not allow us to do it as much as we would like too. We are lucky to have a large family and I hope one day my children will be there for me. I forwarded this to my children and will forward it to all my cousins, friends and family to encourage them to think of this video when we are all looking after our respective aged parents. Excellent video and thank you so much. Sharon"
April 10, 2009
"I am the executive director of an elderly nutrition/meals on wheels program in California. This presentation so touched my heart, and reminds me very much of the wonderful recipients of our program and my own parents who are gone. You have created a beautiful production."
April 9, 2009
"I got the link to this site from my church's website. I just lost my Grandmother to cancer in January, and I just cried and cried watching this. I can relate because this woman, who I had loved and who did everything for everybody throughout her entire life, looked up to me and reached her arms out to me for help getting from the bathroom to the bed. I stood and held her in my arms, as long as she was able to stand there, just to embrace her, and smell her, and feel the love she still radiated one last time. I wish I had stayed just a few more minutes, it was the last time I saw her alive. She went to be with the Lord less than 1 week later, and I miss her. I hope this video makes those who don't do what they should for their parents, and grandparents, realize they need to step up to the plate! They carried you to bed for years, and when they need the help, just return the favor!"
April 7, 2009
"I recently received an email with a link to your website and the Parent's Wish slideshow. It is absolutely wonderful."
" recently viewed the powerpoint and was moved. I do a talk for the Alzheimer's support group and shared the video there. It was very powerful."
"My mother recently passed away, and a friend sent this to me. I cried, but it was the most beautiful and most meaningful thing I have heard in the past 2 weeks since she has passed. For anyone who has not gone through taking care of a parent or parents, know that the only thing a parent wants is to have dignity and love and caring in their lives. Losing my mom was my first loss of this magnitude, and I am devastated, even though I know that life will go on. I am 40 years old and my mom was only 66. Thank you for a wonderful way to remember her. Eileen R. Blakely"
April 6, 2009
"Terrific message to children's whose parents are suffering from old age, memory loss, physical disabilities etc. Just a beautiful message that needs to be shared with the 'younger' generation!!!!!!!!!
April 3, 2009
"This presents a wonderful perspective of those who may not have the ability to voice these sentiments on their own but who need to be understood so desperately in these times of aging and illness. Thank you for putting this together and letting it circulate and touch so many lives. I know it touched me. Julie...Dundas"
"My father just passed away and this was sent to me by my aunt. This actually helped me grieve and showed me that I acted just the right way while my father was ill. Thank you so much."
"This video is amazing."
April 2, 2009
"So touching!! I thank you for reminding me of the patience my mother had with not only me and my siblings but the grandchildren as well and that at 81 she deserves to have the same patience and respect shown to her. This is going off to not only my own 3 children but siblings and friends as I believe the more this is seen, the better off older people will be. I wish it would be sent to all nursing homes around every country so older people are shown the respect that they deserve."
April 1, 2009
"This is a beautiful video, it made me cry as I remembered caring for my father-in-law after a stroke. If everyone could remember these ideas there would be no more elder abuse. Thank you for sharing with all of us. I am going to send it to my daughters and sons tonight while I don' t need the extra help so maybe they will remember this video when I do need the help."
"WOW!!! Just watched this video and suddenly realized Iím not a very good son. My father is 80 and in the early stages of dementia and I get frustrated and very impatient with him and donít talk or listen to him often enough. I have friends that have already lost their parents and tell me to appreciate them while I still have them both. Iím 52 and should know better. This video is one the biggest EYE-OPENERS Iíve ever had. Donít know what else to say except I need to make a drastic change in how I treat my dad and mother both. Please donít misunderstand what Iíve written, I donít treat them badly, I just donít spend enough time with them to let them know how much I do love them and just how lucky I have been my entire life to have them as MY parents. I wonít make this mistake again!!!!!"
March 30, 2009
"I want to thank you very much for this video --- God Bless."
March 28, 2009
"I have two daughter 21 and 25 years old, my husband and I are separated and this caused me to reflect on so many things. It made me cry. My daughters and their dad are not speaking due to the break-up and in the event that anything happens to him they don't even know where he lives. This is heart-wrenching for us all. This is truly a beautiful presentation. I sent it to him via email also. Thanks Much."
March 26, 2009
"This is absolutely a wonderful way to describe the experience we will all face with our parents and that our children will have to face with us. Josh Groban's music was so appropriate to listen to while the pictures and messages flashed across the screen. A lovely expression of the aging process."
"I do not cry easily but this beautiful presentation got to me. I have a 100 year old mother with dementia and I lost my wife of 59 years a few months back. Thank you for letting me vent my pent up feelings. May you keep this going forever. For times will change but the basic goodness of people will not."
"Thank you so much for this. It has taken me a while to stop crying long enough to write something. Please keep this available. This needs to NEVER stop circulating. We all need to be reminded of the gift we have been given from our parents, over and over again. Thank you and God bless you. Bobbie & Tom Laughlin"
March 24, 2009
"I just wanted to say thank you for sharing Parents' Wish. It made me cry, but also to help me recognize the contributions made by our parents and elderly and to admire the journey and sacrifices they have made in our lives and the lives of others."
"This is a wonderful presentation. I have two girls of my own, the oldest is 14 and the youngest is turning 1 soon. Like so many parent(s) in the world, I myself wish a perpetual love to bind me and my children, a bond strong enough to see us through the bad times, including the days when I get real old and decrepit. I wish that how I am raising them will put them in good stead to be good individual people, loving, caring and considerate to others' needs. When I look back to how my own parents were to us, especially to me, how emotionally distant they were and how they failed to give us the time and the effort in teaching us the ways of the world as we or I was growing. I swear never to be like them. I want my children to treat me when I am old the same way I have treated them since their babyhood. T"
March 23, 2009
"This is very powerful video. Now that my mother is getting older I realize that all she did for me was necessary in my growing up. We didn't get along well when I was a child but now she is my friend. I can only hope that my three children understand that I did the best I could do. Life isn't always easy. With the good Lords help they will do what's best for me when I get older. This made me cry. I loved it. Thank you. NF in Pennsylvania"
March 22, 2009
"Simply beautiful. What a profound way to help our children and therefore ourselves understand and accept this circle of life."
"This was the most heart touching music and words I have ever read or heard. How true every word is. I have a father that has some dementia and he has other problems that has put him in a wheelchair. I have a mom that has had to go to a wheelchair also in the last few days. Mom is 83 and dad is 87. We love them dearly and take care of them 24/7, and have been for about a year and a half. Please remember all of us in your prayers. Thanks again for the insight that we all have at some time or the other forgotten just how very important they have been in our lives raising us up to be adults."
March 21, 2009
"Its so wonderful."
"I love this and would like a copy for each of my three children. I am 84 plus years old and think they might understand the aging process if this is made available for them to view."
March 20, 2009
"This was beautiful. We do have Alzheimer's in our family. I watched my great-grand mother, NaNa, and my grandmother, Honey, ever so slowly slipping away from the independent strong women I have always known them to be. It is painful to think of my parents that way, but it is a strong possibility. Thank you for reminding me that we do not choose to age this way, and now that I am a parent.. I understand and respect my parents the way they deserve to be respected. My parents took care of both Na-Na and Honey until they needed round the clock care and I remember the love and the dedication. Thanks dad for sharing this with me. I love you. And Eric and I will always be there for you and mom. Lennie"
"Thank you so much. It is such an amazing video. Every single word is true. Made me cry from the start to the end of the video."
March 19, 2009
"That was a wonderful message in the video, I sent it to my teenage daughter so she can understand how much I love her, and why I do the things I do for her."
"That was a beautiful and touching video."
"Thank you for making this - your love shows through! Old age is something we all experience IF WE'RE LUCKY - so remember to treat everyone as you would like to be treated. Don't spend all of your time here by chasing 'things' - instead, use your time to love and care for yourself and others and to enjoy all of the fabulous creatures and scenery of this fabulous planet - we are one of these creatures! LIVE, LAUGH, BE HAPPY! LIFE GOES FULL CIRCLE!"
March 17, 2009
"Very nice job on this. I sent it to all of my family. I am 85 and have grown children, grandchildren and 5 great grandies. Would be good to try to work them all in for old greatest generations WWII codgers like me. Thank you all very much. Some of the things you mention that happens to us are so true, so true. Del Treichler"
"This really touched me to my core. My husband is 'disappearing' each day a little more from Alzheimers and the message was just what I needed for our children. Thanks you so much!"
"I have not been touched like this in a long time. Tears are still flowing. I can relate to this presentation. Very good work."
"Bravo and thank you."
"This is a very touching slide show. I work in a retirement home for the elderly. I wish that they would show this to the children of the people I take care of and maybe Help them understand what's going on with their parents and for them to be a little more Compassionate and understanding of what their parents are going through. Very Awesome!!"
March 16, 2009
"This is the most beautiful presentation I have ever seen. Thank you and God bless you."
"This a is indeed one of the most inspiring pieces I've ever read, its an experience actually taking us through childhood, into adulthood, into old age. It helps us to realize that life is a journey and that one day we will get there.. one day we will again be like children. Patience and love must prevail and also gratitude for all our parents did in raising us up. now is our turn to raise them up. Beautiful!!!!!. Jacqueline James"
March 15, 2009
"It is a must for me and others I intend to share it with."
"It's a very nice presentation."
"For some weeks now I have been singing this song to myself (both silently and aloud) since hearing it sung by Celtic Woman. I thought it was a beautiful song but your presentation has put it all into perspective for me. It never ceases to amaze me how He works in and through us without us realizing it. As a Boys Brigade Chaplain this will certainly be a must this term. Grace and Peace."
March 14, 2009
"I lost my mother in 2003. My husband, at the time, was dying from lung cancer. I was taking care of him and so could not go and be with my father during his loss. They were married over 50 years and he had been caring for her since she became bed ridden. I called my father everyday until my brother helped him sell his house and he moved in with my brother. My father is 87 this year. I send for him several times a year and he stays with me 2-4 weeks at a time. He is a retired Marine and U.S. Postal worker. This year I am flying us to D.C. so we can visit all the war memorials and museums. I was also in the Marines, too. I have seen all of these but my father has not. He is in the first stages of dementia. His memories sometimes get mixed up, his pace is a bit slower, he wears hearing aides and glasses.. but I love him and would do anything to make him happy. This movie made me cry. I recently found out he has blood vessels constricted in his brain.. so don't know how much longer I have with him. I DO know that I will miss him VERY much when he does leave me. I will forward this movie to remind those that we all have our boarding tickets paid for to leave this world.. they are already pre-dated.. so we need to love those around us while we can. Thank you for posting this poem and sharing it."
March 13, 2009
"Thank you for making this publicly available Ė you are truly doing Godís work. This video has started a barrage of emotions inside of me that I can only handle with His help. I will surely visit this often, and will consider it as one of the many, many tools God has given me to walk closer to Him every day. God bless you. Marie"
"This brought tears as I finished viewing the slideshow. I am caring now for my Mom, and praying that my own children will, if they care for me in the future, understand this as I do."
"Not having children of my own, I reflect on how I treat my own parents who are now seniors. Also my mother-in-law, recently widowed. They deserve our frequent love and consideration. We hope someone young will do this for us in our senior years, not so far away."
March 12, 2009
"I came across this poem and music a few years ago while caring for my mother. It made me cry then and still does today. I kept it then as a reminder of things and I opened and played it again today for the first time since Mama went Home to be with the Lord. Thank you for sharing this with the world. God Bless You! Carolyn Pentecost"
"It is great and would be wonderful to use as I speak to groups/churches, etc...about the need to be involved in reaching out to those in the places I work."
March 11, 2009
"I am a VP of a metropolitan hospice and palliative care health system and found this to be a compelling message. Thank you."
March 10, 2009
"This is truly a beautiful powerpoint presentation. It certainly brought many a tear to my eyes. Itís so sad how society nowdays is too busy for everyone. The old and the young are so precious. Life is precious. Heather NZ"
March 9, 2009
"I was sent this video this evening by a friend who knows I am taking care of my 84 year old mother who has been suffering with cancer for the past year. This video has helped me to have more patience with her and to understand better what she meant when one day she said 'I wish I could just die and get it over with'. Thank you so much.
March 8, 2009
"A relative delivered this piece during my grandfather's eulogy, in Filipino version. We were all deeply touched by it that I decided to go online afterwards in order to find the English version. It is such a very beautiful piece, a must read for all the children of different generations. I thank you very much for coming up with this piece in a very inspirational powerpoint presentation. I will be sending this one to my whole clan and to all my friends. C.R. from Pennsylvania"
March 7, 2009
"This video was such a blessing! My mom had brain damage from an angiogram as well as a muscular disease and I was her caregiver for the final 2 & 1/2 years of her life, so I know what it's like to experience the roll reversal 1st hand! I will definitely be sending this to all my kids and friends! Thank you for placing it on the web!! Sincerely, Jan G
"This was just beautiful."
March 6, 2009
"It was wonderful and so true."
"I lost my Mom a couple of years ago and I saw so many of the traits in her that was shown in this video. Tears rolled down my cheeks. My precious mother always told my sister, brother and me, that she was the luckiest woman in the world to have children like us. So I am proud to know that she knew we loved her more then words could express. In writing this, tears swell up in my eyes. My mother always said to us 'once a man, twice a child'. Not until she grew older did I understand what she meant. Remember to always love and cherish your parents, they did it for us."
"I feel this will make an impact on my family. My father-in-law is 90 years old and he feels that end is near for him and I think this would be perfect to have as a slide presentation at his wake."
March 5, 2009
"The message was beautiful."
"An excellent piece. I teach aging and also have aging parents and in laws. I made my children watch this. Thank-You for your Compassion and Insight."
March 4, 2009
"My parent has this and it really hits home."
March 2, 2009
"My husband died 3 years ago of a horrible disease call Cruetzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD) and as he lay dying we were told to play soft music Ė my children recommended 'You Raise Me Up' by Josh Groban. I canít begin to tell you the emotions I feel every time I hear the song. It certainly helped us get through a nightmare of an ordeal. Your presentation, words and music are poignant and more meaningful to me than you can ever imagine. Thank you for everything it took to get this out. I am certainly forwarding it to my children, one of whom lives in Israel s well as countless friends. Again, thank you! Shirley"
March 1, 2009
"That is the most powerful e-mail I have ever received, I actually cried when I read it. I have sent it to many others, thank you & God Bless You. Mrs.Klee"
February 28, 2009
"I have worked with seniors for years in Senior Centers. This made me cry. I am sending it to my children and passing it on to my friends. Thank you."
"This was truly beautiful. I lost my parents when I was in my twenties and have spent most of my life as a nurse in geriatrics. Now I am considered a senior. This is a must see for any generation."
February 27, 2009
"This should be a (must see) as part of the criteria when working in a retirement home. It has great value to all who read it. Thank you."
"Deeply moving. Absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much."
February 26, 2009
"After more than ten years of caring for a parent with senile dementia and an additional four years of helping to care for a parent who was bedridden before her death, we have seen all the scenarios depicted. Today we live for those few moments of lucidity, even though they are few and far between. We prepared PowerPoint presentations for all three of our surviving parents quite a few years ago. This piece of music was the one we had picked for Dad. He is the one of the three who is still living independently and with a sound mind at age 92. We used another piece of Josh Groban music called, 'Up to Where You Are' with Motherís presentation. For the other mother, we selected the Faith Hill number 'There Youíll Be' from the film Pearl Harbor. All three of these pieces are very moving and provide a musical snapshot of each of them. We are constantly reminding ourselves of the people they were, even though in two instances those people have long ceased to exist."
February 25, 2009
"This is beautiful and so true. I am 65 and already having problems. This reminds me so much of all of the family. Tears? yes But wonderful years remembered. Thank GOD for a wonderful family that I know is in Heaven waiting for me. Thanks for the memories."
"I just love this."
February 24, 2009
"A friend just sent me this video, and having worked in private Hospice work for nearly 30 years, I well realize how family dynamics fare when our parents are old and infirm. I am crying for all the old people who have no one to call family. I urge you to adopt and love a lonely old someone. We all need love and nurturing till the end."
February 23, 2009
"I just lost my Mother 2 weeks ago and my Dad 2 years ago. They were both very loving and fun parents, my brothers and I were blessed to have them as parents. Every child should watch this video. I felt like my parents were telling me 'Thank You and goodbye until we meet again'. Susie
"This was so beautiful. The most beautiful email I ever received. It brought tears to my eyes. I thought of my parents and now I send this on to my children. Very inspiring. Said it all. Joan Hunter, VA"
"I thought that this the best thing I have ever seen on my PC. Received in an e-mail from a friend and had to forward the address on to quite a few friends and family. J. IN TN."
"I still think this is the best deeply moving and in depth appreciation of aging parental wishes which most aging parents feel unable to express. However, I do hope that one day soon you will come up with a DVD and I know, for one, I will purchase several copies for friends and family!"
February 22, 2009
"I'm still crying....typing through my tears. This presentation is very moving and a very much needed reminder to generations gone wrong. Thank you! I have only two children; two sons who got married then just walked away from me, my mother (their only grandmother) and their aunt (their only aunt). The two have told me that they are not angry or upset over anything. They just ignore us and don't contact either of us anymore. Their father and I have been divorced for many years and I have never re-married. Until my sons got married, they were very close to me and my family. I don't understand how children who were raised in the environment of a close-knit family could turn out so differently than expected. God help us all!! N. from IL"
February 21, 2009
"Amazing! Need more tissue. Thank you. It is great."
February 20, 2009
"This video is absolutely awesome."
"It is so touching. D.Y."
February 19, 2009
"I have never read such a beautiful and moving message!"
"One month ago today, January 18, I lost my father. I can honestly say that I have experienced every single segment of this slide show first hand and in full detail. I only wish I would have viewed this sooner. I know this would have helped me much more with my patience and dignity that my father so much deserved. I did my best but I was stressed out and in denial. Yes I did see him pray to die and I knew why he felt like that. This was no longer the world that he knew and loved as a young man. I and my children have lost the best man in the world and I say that with every beat of my heart and every breath that I take. My father was my best friend and the most giving generous forgiving and supportive person that this world has ever come to know and love. I could go on forever about this wonderful human being that I was so blessed to call my dad, so in his honor, I will pass this most precious of emails to every body I know in the hope that everyone will start to think a little less about themselves and understand a whole lot more about the aging family members, friends, neighbors and strangers who need a gentle touch, an understanding of their feelings and fears or a friendly exchange of conversation with a wink of your eye and a smile. Remember one and all, that before you know it, this will be you and I just wanting to be accepted understood and loved with dignity and compassion. Thank you for hearing my words. This has helped me more than you know. For you Daddy, I love you to the end of time. Debbie"
February 18, 2009
"It is so beautiful!"
"Thanks for all of the this. It is so true! I cared for my Husband till he died and then my Father in 2001 and then my Mother in 2003. And they were all ready to go and we talked about all of our Good Time and not about the Bad. It was wonderful to be with them and I will ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT!!! Thank you for Helping All of Us to Remember This!!!!!"
February 17, 2009
"This was very great!!!! WOW, it made me think of how my Dad is aging these last few months.
"This was just amazing! It sure makes you stop and think. My grandmother is going through a hard time- 'ready to pass' and being what we think is stubborn to seek medical treatment.. and this really really helps me to understand. The PERFECT song is played with the presentation. Josh Groban has the most amazing voice I have ever heard... and is so soothing. I will forever be a Josh Groban fan! :0) Thank you so much to the people that created this presentation... it felt so good to come to grips with everything going on. ~Rachel~ ... MN"
February 16, 2009
"I just finished viewing the powerful presentation, and it is truly wonderful. I could not help but feel a wistful tinge of sadness, however, as the point-counterpoint moved forward. The first part of each frame was noble, asking the children not to react negatively when we, in our dotage, do certain things. I did feel that exquisite sharp pain in the heart as the presentation's next frame or paragraph reminded the children of what we did for them when they were young and we needed to react to their human behaviors. I felt it unseemly to have to remind them of what we had done in raising them, almost as if we have to embarrass them into being compassionate towards us in our future old age. Regardless, this is a masterpiece. I cried the whole way through, and I WILL send it forward to my four adult children. Rabbi Richard Polirer, Parkland, Florida"
"I just listened to this. It is so beautiful! I am 44. The day before my 12 birthday my dad died in an accident right in front of my eyes. Now this Oct. 09 my forever friend and mother died of cancer. It was so hard to see her legs get weak and not be able to stand and she would fall. She always told me she didn't want to bother anyone. She just wanted to die if she had something that was not a cure for. She would not eat, she got weak. She had to go to the hospital and nursing home. Two weeks after we found out about the cancer she died. Thank god she wasn't in much pain. She just started to have pain. She wouldn't tell the nurses. But when I seen in her eyes and how she rubbed her stomach. I asked if she had pain. She did. So then she would get medicine for that. But the day she died I and my sister was with her. It was so hard to see her go. This song and the pictures just made my cry so hard. But it is so true. Our parents did teach us all this and we need to respect them also. Thanks for the reminder and the truth!"
"What a wonderful and inspiring video, with meaningful words and photos that 'speak' to us. You could not have chosen better music than you did and Josh Groban leaves me feeling very peaceful. My husband and I, having been through all these situations with three parents, truly appreciate the work done by all to produce this video and thank you for taking the time to do so. While sad for me to watch, it was also uplifting too. It should be an inspiration to all who view it. I will now forward this to my children, their in-laws, and other family and friends so that they can be properly inspired and know what life means to all of us. I know the words at the end speak my feelings better than I can ever do. My mother, had her mind have worked better, would have loved this. Again, thank you! Carol Kaier, Melbourne, FL"
February 15, 2009
"This is very very much a tear jerker and have it in my email. Dad died and mom is dying of Dementia. This is what they wanted their children to remember. Showed and emailed this to people I work with. I work with the elderly in adult Day Care. Very rewarding and interesting, Cherie"
"In a growing world removing dignity from growing older this is the greatest moving video I have seen on showing what the DIGNITY of growing older truly means. Having worked in the caregiving field for many many years this should be shown in every senior centre in the land and every school in the world. Loved the music. It sticks in your mind a constant reminder of the moving tale of life with dignity. Bravo! Rah Rah! Spirit Woman Lise"
February 14, 2009
"I just received this from a friend and after bawling harder than I have in ages, I sent it to everyone I know. It's beautiful and Josh Groban's song never fails to make me cry. The presentation has such a good message, and for anyone with aging parents, it's a 'must read.' I think most of us have good intentions in everything we do, but it's messages like this one that keep reminding us to be kind and do our best for each other. Thank-you. Leslie"
"Heartfelt and needed in the disparity of life in the US today. Crime, corruption, murders and the loss of family bonds as it was in the 40's 50's in relation to the life today!! From an old Korean war combat veteran who thinks of life as it was and should be when we were in combat. Well done it brings a tear to the eye. Thanks"
February 13, 2009
"I have a 91 year old mother living with me and I know she feels like this. Thank-you"
"This is particularly poignant to me at the age of 69 - it says everything I would like my family to hear and know. Great work - thank you."
"Thanks for sending this beautiful message. I just woke up and had a look at this pleasant message and tears keep on coming. We do prayers but we never seen a god in real but you know Our parents are living Gods. The help they did to us we can not repay that, so please please take care of parents. With love, Sravanth"
February 12, 2009
"I am 73 years old, and I think this is the best thing I have EVER seen. Thank you."
"I thought that this is just great."
"As Director of Elderly Services for our city, I would very much like to have a copy of this slideshow to use with caregivers."
February 11, 2009
"What a beautiful sentiment complemented by the voice of Josh Grogan. Thank you."
"This is absolutely beautiful and should be read by all old and young alike. It certainly brought a tear to my eye. MF"
"My Mom sent the link to me. We need to be reminded of the good things, that's why God repeats them over and over again in the bible. If we can not love those we can see, how can we love God, who we can not see. David"
February 10, 2009
"This was so inspiring. Iíve watch has my parents took wonderful care of my aging and now deceased Grandparents. Now my father has many health issues and my sisters and I are so inspired to follow their way. I love them so much and really canít imagine my life without both of my parents but know patience and kindness are the key. This message is awesome!"
February 9, 2009
"This was very very moving I am really choked up and misty eyed, made me think back as a child and entering my senior years how the younger generation will look-up to us. Thank you for this touching gift."
"That is one of the finest presentations I have ever seen. It is as real as I have ever heard. I went through the child part and son part. Now I am going through the Old man part. All those feelings and thoughts are right on. Thank you so very much for the good release of tears I have shed through the whole presentation."
"I really appreciated receiving these wonderful slideshows. I really enjoy every moment and I cried. I lost both of my grandparents not to long ago. I really loved them and miss them dearly. I always have them in heart and thoughts. There was a picture of an elderly man in the slideshow that remind me of abuelo (grandpa in Spanish). Thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures and statements. Take Care, Marilyn"
February 8, 2009
"I have been singing this at karaoke since it came out. You Raise Me Up. I sang this at a moose convention. I wish i could find a Parents' Wish CD so that I could sing the song while the CD is playing. Thank you."
"This was so moving and a wonderful reminder for those of us who are care-givers to our parents who are living longer, and I fear not always better lives. We take care of my mother who is 91. With working grandchildren etc., one has to always remind themselves of seeing things through their eyes. I will keep this and watch it when ever I need a little more strength to continue caring with a gentle heart and smile. Thank You"
February 7, 2009
"My mother sent this video to me. I have loved the song (You Raise Me Up) and have sung it at church a few times but when you put the video together with the song sung by Josh Groban, it brought tears to my eyes. I immediately sent an email to my Mom thanking her for all she has done for me and to ask her to forgive me when I have been impatient and frustrated with her, especially when it came to helping her on the computer. I will send the video off to my own children and hope that they will be patient with me when I don't know what they know. Rhonda"
"Made me cry..."
February 6, 2009
"I just received this from my eldest daughter, and she has been so good to me recently. She, I guess is finally realizing, I will soon be 75 years old. I lost my husband to heart disease, 17 years ago, at the age of 60. I lost my mother in 2005, at the age of 91. I miss my mother terribly. I will be sending this to all my daughters, so they are able to enjoy it. As for Josh Groban, he has a wonderful, soothing voice. I have loved to hear him sing, since the very first time, I heard him. God Bless, each one of you, and we will be reunited with our loved ones, once Christ comes, and brings His reward with Him. Eternal life, for those that followed Him, and even those who looked on Him as a Prophet, but, they lived up to all the light, they had. God Bless my daughters, my grandchildren, and my great-grandchildren Your Mother, Mama, and G-mama"
"I recently lost my elderly father and the song had real meaning to me. My brother shared it with me and we experienced all the song was about. I sat with tears streaming down my face knowing that we had been dutiful children to our Dad and that this heartache is felt by many children everyday. I pray for them that they too can feel that they did all that they could and accepted their roles as the final caregivers to the one that had been their original caregiver. Bless you for this song and the memories it brings back. Carol"
"I was really deeply moved when I saw this. Thanks for such an Amazing! Touching! and Realistic story. This is an eye opening story that needed to be seen by young generation."
February 5, 2009
February 3, 2009
"This was a wonderful video. Looking after my elderly aunt for 5 years at home and being in the same situation again with several relatives, it it really is 'true to life'. This is one I would like my children to see."
February 2, 2009
"I wanted to say the tears flowed freely as I watched with rapt attention as the touching, true-to-life story unfolded before my eyes. It touched me deeply and would really appreciate it if you could send me details when it is released in CD/DVD."
"This e-mail has touched me and it always bring back good memories of my late parents. I will send this e-mail to my sons and close friends. Please keep up the good work."
"Thank you so much and it could not have come at a better time. We lost my husbandís mother, my mother, his dad, my dad and some very close aunts and uncles all in a period of about 3 years. My husband has had MS for many years and is now disabled and I too am battling some health issues as is my brother and sister. This is something I truly want to share with our son. We took care of my mother who had a massive stroke, she went to a happier place on herís and my sisterís birthday and then we started battling cancer with my dad and we took care of him as well. I wouldnít take anything in the world for the time we had with them and repaying them for all they did for us. My sister, brother and our spouses spent a lot of time with our parents and it was all well worth it. Thank you again, Patty ."
"Though I lost both of my parents when I was only 'TEEN!', Now, I am 44, but still I miss them every day.. every moment. I wish ..'If I get one single chance to have them again in my life.....' Thanks Mr. Rafique (fm KSA) who send me this wonderful thing through E-mail. Thanks to the maker of this Video. You did a remarkable job, keep it up. Nafisa (Bangladesh)"
February 1, 2009
"My parents are both gone now but I always treated them with the love and respect that I hope my daughters will give me as I age. Thank you for your wonderful insight and of course Josh Groban singing! God Bless, Carole Sue"
January 31, 2009
"This is the most beautiful thing that I always wanted to say to my grown children grown grandchildren. I sent to all of them! It is done!!! Sally"
January 30, 2009
"I cried. My whole life I have had a special connection to elderly and now as I approach this time myself I pray others will understand like this. Thank you for this! Sue"
"Thank you so much for your wonderful and touching slide show. I have an 89 year old mother for whom I am the primary caregiver. Something I do willingly and lovingly. Viewing this helps those of us who are caregivers feel good about what we do!"
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart. My husband and I are caregivers for his mother. I have put this in my favorites list so I can play it when I start feeling myself getting bothered by the demands of caring for her. It reminds me what a blessing it is to have her close by so we can care for her. It is sometimes a hard job - but it is my way of saying 'Thank you' for having such a wonderful son who is now my loving and caring husband."
January 29, 2009
"This email was sent to me by my adored sister. i received it early one morning the week after the anniversary of my son's death. I had not been coping real well and so I had been shutting the world out, especially my family. Especially my mum. I didn't realize my sister had realized until I got this email. Maybe she didn't and just thought I would like it. I will never know. I can't remember the last time i went and sat down and just talked with my mum or helped her with that silly computer she had asked me to help her with months ago and the last few months I have always made excuses why I couldn't be at a family gathering. I was too involved with my own despair to realize that I was still so desperately needed. Very few things have the ability in this day and age to change one's life. Things like this do. This should be on the biggest billboard in Times Square on constant repeat. My family will never know I wrote this but I will. I am so sorry for shutting you all out. Maybe today can be a new day. Love beyond all boundaries.
"This is one of the most beautiful things I have seen in the e-mail world. I lost my mother a year ago and I sit here and think of the many things in the Parents' Wish that I did I have sent this to a few people I know of my friends who have children. This is remarkable. I love it so much when it gets to old mail I send it back to myself. Thank God for people like you. God Bless you. Bettye Fuqua."
January 28, 2009
"I was really deeply moved when I saw this. Both my parents are dead, and I miss them so much!!! Thanks. Donna Rowe."
"Amazing! Touching! Realistic! God sent! Wonderful! I am so moved. This was just the experience and eye wakening story that I needed to see. Thank you. I remember taking care of my parents."
January 27, 2009
"Beautiful! I am so glad someone sent this to me. This video is one of the best I have seen. Thank you. Yesterday is history.. tomorrow is a mystery... today is a gift... that's why its called the present. Marsha"
January 26, 2009
"MovingÖ it makes you stop and think."
"Thank you!!!! Thank you!!!! Thank you!!!! And may God bless you for this beautiful masterpiece!! Barb; Jackson, MI"
"Thank you so much. May you be blessed. I lost my wife 2 years ago, after a marriage of 44 years. I had to learn to live again and it was so hard to do. I met a woman 6 months ago and we are dating. My kids don't understand why. They don't talk to me as much as before because they are upset with me. I sent this Parents' Wish to them today, to try and make them understand where I am coming from. My wife and I did the best we could on raising them. I am getting older now and who knows when God will call me home. I am trying to enjoy my life, what's left of it, to the fullest, and they just donít understand. I pray this email that they will."
"I wanted to include 'Parents' Wish' in my Remembrance Book, so I got on http://parentswish.com/faq-01.htm and was able to get the words from there. Thank you for having them available."
January 25, 2009
"Moving .... is all I can say. It was what I needed to see."
"This is a wonderful presentation. The tears were flowing but it is so inspirational that all children need to see it. Then it will help them to understand that one day Mom and Dad will be needing them and their care!"
January 23, 2009
"One of the most inspiring video's I've ever seen. It says all the things we wish we could say to our children, but can't seem to get out. Thank you."
January 22, 2009
"Thank you for preparing such a wonderful video on a parentís wish. I found it moving and it provided me solace especially in my familyís time of distress in regards to the pending death of our mother. We have been blessed by her efforts on our part throughout he life. As I have review it often in the past few hours, I am provided a moment of solace as well as an opportunity to reflect on how lucky I have been to have her in my life for so many years. Your video, along with a poem 'Togetherness' has been a new found strength. While I do not know the author of 'Togetherness' it has provided for many of my friends who have lost of love one since 2001 an eternal peace. The poem was provided to me by a close friend who lost his son during 911. God Bless the mom and dad. The tradition of the family has become a lost fundamental in this country. We need more sites like this to rekindle our faith in the institution of marriage and the strength of oneís family to love and endure the challenges before us."
"It is an awesome video. I cried. My wife is deceased and I am 70 with 5 children."
"I am a 41 divorced, single, disabled mom. I BAWLED LIKE A BABY!!! My dad who is aging and my mom has since passed, who am I to complain about how hard it is for me? I am selfish, rude, thoughtless. No wonder one day dad just exploded about 'me, me, you never call to say, its pretty outside, or how was your day.' I am an only child, and my 20 year old daughter lives in the same town, yet I tell others, she is MIA. She moved out at 18 and has not been back, now my son is almost 10, and he is like me, me. I FEEL SO ASHAMED of myself. As I am still crying if this makes it to ur board, DAD I AM SSOOO SORRY. GOD FORGIVE ME. I DO LOVE YOU Daddy, and yea we never talk about mom, but I MISS HER. As long as you're living my daddy you'll be Robbin Dilger. Whoever did this, God Bless YOU. Frank H . Dilger"
January 21, 2009
"I can not tell you how touching this video is. I cried but for all the right reasons."
"Very well done. I would love to include this in my teaching presentations on Dementia and care for the Elderly."
"A friend sent this to me today. As I was watching it, I finally figured out why I feel a little sad today. George Bush flew off into the beautiful blue sky yesterday--he was a baby boomer and my generation. A new generation has begun to take over, and I'm becoming the 'older' generation. My dad died this summer and Mother has Alzeheimer's. So a little something has changed, and it's ok. I just feel sad. SQ"
January 20, 2009
"God bless you for your loving video. It really blessed me. Thank you. Kirk Whiteside, Lowell, AR"
"I enjoyed reading your Parent's Wish slide show and if I were more computer savy I'd attempt to add a personal line to my child that seems to have an aversion towards education. If I could add that to the show somewhere near the end it would say '...don't ever be afraid to learn. Education is the only thing no one can take away from you...it will be yours long after we are gone.' If I knew how, I would add it before I forward Parent's Wish to my son who has so much potential but lacks just a little bit of motivation. Thank You"
January 17, 2009
"Thank you for that video. It really helps with life getting older. My son is 17 a helped him too."
"I found this to be a real tear jerker. I loved every part of it and also I think that it is so TRUE! Thank you for sharing this with everyone."
"It is certainly true---I'm sending this to my children. My children are all very sensitive and will greatly appreciate this work."
January 16, 2009
"It is beautiful to say the least."
January 15, 2009
"Thank you, I am deeply touched by the expressions and the music and song. These are what we experienced in reality and no one's can change anyway. Thank you!"
"Thank you for that Josh. I can relate with my Dad but he is gone to heaven now and my Mom she is still with us and there are times when she has shared those feelings. I donít get angry. I do understand and I still love her. Much Love and God bless to you and your family and ALL other families out there."
"I've received this email twice and I still cry. I sent it to my daughter and she said she got tears in her eyes. Maybe reality hurts."
January 14, 2009
"Sent it to my boys talk about the circle of life lost my dad to Alzheimers but we laughed till the end."
"Awesome presentation. I received the e-mail at just the right time of my life. Please notify me when the Parent's Wish CD becomes available. It is a very valuable message."
"Very beautiful presentation, how thoughtful of you to have put this together. It is really inspiring. I have my both parents and this presentation has touched me so much so that its lesson will guide my relationship with them till their last day. Iíll teach my only daughter its lessons too, so that she will learn to condone me when Iím old. Kamal Badamasi"
January 13, 2009
"A very beautiful and thought provoking wish. It certainly takes you down memory lane. However it is signed by Mom and Dad. My children would love to have the opportunity to care for their Mother because she was taken from them quite early. I will forward this though because they all have children, of their own, now. Jack"
"Beautiful, the tears kept flowing. GOD BLESS"
"Copied the words of the Parents' Wish to send to my children. Its marvelous and says so much that is true and necessary for them to know."
"I believe that so many seniors in our society feel a sense of shame and worthlessness because, after 60-70 years of being productive, they are left with looking for ways to 'fill' their time. In many cases, they are regarded as a burden by the younger generation. More effort must be invested into how seniors can CONTRIBUTE to society in a meaningful way, despite their infirmities, and then their own lives would feel so much richer because they are purposeful. Although the mind and body may deteriorate, their spirits continue to grow. Carlsbad, CA"
"What can I say - thank you so much. There is way too much garbage being circulated these days and it was a pleasure to watch this video! Very moving and congratulations to those who put it together."
January 12, 2009
"Thank You. That was very beautiful! I remember both my grandparents as they gradually got older, more tired and more sick. It is a difficult thing, however, as much as they forget or don't remember...when they looked me in the eyes I knew, that they knew it was me! Everyone- the young, the elderly, the sick, the healthy, (all people in general); Deserve- patience, kindness, understanding and to be treated with dignity and respect throughout the course of their lifetime!"
"l cried all the way through it but loved it. Recently lost my husband to Parkinsonís and Alzheimers and Parents' Wish was so poignant. Thank you."
January 9, 2009
"I have viewed this excellent presentation many times."
"I love it so much. I cried though the whole thing. I just lost my grandfather of 90 four years ago to Alzheimers and just lost and grandma 2 months ago. I took care of both of them. Thank you so much."
"It was beautiful ...made me cry. Just lost my 86 years old Mother who had lived with us for 35 years..."
"Today is the 11th year anniversary of my beautiful mother Dorothyís passing. She was diagnosed with Alzheimerís in 1984 and lived with my wonderful husband and me for 7 years and in a nursing facility Alzheimerís unit for another 7 years. The unit consisted of 42 residents and the family members soon became an extended family watching over each resident as if they were our own. I became the mother not only to my own mother but to the other 41 men and women. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to learn what true unconditional love really is. I also know that my mother had a hand in me opening this e-mail on this her special night to let me know that she is always just a thought away and to tell me how much she loves me and to say thank you. Thank you for this beautiful tribute and God bless each one that views it."
January 8, 2009
"A friend sent this to me.. and I LOVED it!!! We are dealing with aging parents and are also finding ourselves.. changing, as well. Thanks so much! Great message for ALL of us!!"
"I thought this was a very powerful video message."
January 7, 2009
"I have to admit this made me cry. You see, when my Mom could no longer live alone, she lived with my husband and myself, my Mom was more able to do thinks for herself however needed guidance, she then went to live with my brother and his wife so we could do our thing, she was not stopping us, we would just bring her to my brothers however she didn't like to move back and forth, we thought it would just give them quality time with each other. That is where she went on to the other side. Now we are caring for my husbands Mother who can not do any thing for her self, and I have to confess, I am not really that special person who is capable of caring for some on in her state of mind and body, but I do the best I can. Yes I loose my patience from time to time, no excuse, I gave her a bath, dress her, brush her hair, and make her meals, I then undress her and get her ready for bed, and make her go to the bathroom. It is a lot for me, I am not really too healthy my self, I am a cancer survivor for five year this July, the radiation took my right lung and my muscles are not what the use to be, I am 65, NO, there is no excuse, however as I said, I do the best I can. When I look at her hands, I see my Moms hands and fill up, the guilt sets in and I just tear. There are special people who have all the patience in the world, then there are the ones like me and the ones who don't even want to try. This song and a Parents' Wish is very moving, and Josh Gorban did a beautiful job singing, he has a fantastic voice any way. Sincerely, Marcy"
"We lost our Grandmother 5 weeks ago and this reminded me so much of her. It made me remember just how much she is missed. People really need to take time to appreciate what they have. I'd really do it all over again if I could no matter how hard it was. Thank you so much and God Bless."
January 6, 2009
"It is absolutely wonderful."
"I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful slide show."
January 5, 2009
"Thank you for the beautiful slideshow. I am sending this to my mom and all my friends. I see my mom doing this for my grandparents and hoping that I am able to step up and do the same for her whenever she needs me. God Bless you and all that read this and watch Parents' Wish. RY in Texas"
"This is great and I would like to have it to show the staff. We have three facilities, a nursing home that has skilled care and long term care for the elderly, a care home that houses mentally and physically handicapped and dementia residents, and an assisted living facility. This would be good for all of our staff to see."
"My dad was diagnosed in 1999 with Alzheimer's. Mom and Dad did a great job at covering for him for a long time, but the signs were there (although we didn't see them at the time). Mom had a slight heart attack in 2001 from the stress of caring for Dad. After placing them both into Alzheimer's assisted living, Mom was soon diagnosed as having the same dreaded disease. I have lived the past 10 years being the 'parent' for my parents. Dad died in 2003 knowing only me - no one else. I prayed that he would be taken before he forgot who I was. I brought him pleasure each day that I visited him in the nursing home - cutting his hair, trimming his nails, pushing his wheelchair. Through his final two years, the one main goal I had was to preserve his dignity, something that is stripped from a person by this horrid disease. Now my 91 year old mother is in a nursing home. Luckily I still have the same patience and understanding for her as I did for my beloved father. As I sit here sobbing while I write this, I take pride in how I allowed my parents to 'survive' with the best care and respect possible. This tribute to them and all the other seniors who are at this stage of their life is incredible. Thank you for saying the words we all need to say and hear! To all of the children who are now the parent for their parents, keep up the good work. You too will someday walk in their shoes!"
January 4, 2009
"I want to thank you so much for Parents' Wish. I was e mailed this at a time in my life that I was struggling hard. I sent this to my 3 brothers and kids, nieces and nephews. We were dealing with the fact that our mother had Alzheimer's/dementia and having to put her in a home. Then we had to put our dad in the same home and find out that he had another form of dementia. It's so hard to sit and watch both your parents with the same disease but different forms. I would sit and play this e mail over and over to remind myself that nothing that they did could be helped. It helped me to understand and be more patient with them where it would have been so easy to get upset with some of the things they would do. We lost our mom on November 11, 2008 and then we lost our dad on December 23, 2008. Now we are dealing with their deaths so close together and not being able to grieve for one before the other was gone also. This harder yet, but we understand that they are together now and quite happy once again."
"I was sent this wonderful piece and want to thank you for putting it together so that I could send it to all the children of my friend like myself who are 70 years. Thank you so very very much. It is a tear jerker."
January 3, 2009
"Thank you for a beautiful moving film. Friends have questioned why I have put my life on hold, so I can care for my 79 year old mother who has Alzheimer's, they ask why I don't just put her away in a nursing home. I wish I could show this film to all of them, and I believe that they might understand. She's my mom, and we are trading places, now it's my turn to care for her..... God Bless You"
"This really touched me and made me cry a little. I have recently had unhappy words with my son and daughter-in-law over something very trivial and have sent them this to hope they understand that maybe I am sometimes a little cantakerous at 78, but I do love them all."
January 2, 2009
"Thank you very much. Very beautiful video. My parents have 91 yearsÖ and 2 small children."
December 31, 2008
"Thanks. The video touches our sentiments on the ageing dilemma. The simple fact is that our decision to be parents and care for our young is not driven by our conscious volition. Parenthood manifests life's longing for itself and the traits of caring built into the psyche of the species. The impatience we often show in dealing with our children may or not be mirrored in the impatience shown by our children to us when we age. The above said the fact is in dealing with the ageing dilemma we have the choice to be self centered and shy away from our filial duties or take up our cross and allow our powerful latent compassion for the human condition to shine through and embellish our claim to the number one slot of sentient beings that populate this planet."
"My mom sent this to myself and my two siblings. I am the oldest at age 32 and also a single mom of three boys. My parents mean the world to me. I went through a very hard time while in the process of leaving my ex husband in 2006, and had to move in with them for about 3 months. It was really hard, but we made it. I know the time will come when we are faced with the worst, but this video has made me open my eyes and see it from a different view. To be honest, I would get so upset with them, I think because it hurts me to see them change due. I want to thank you for this video and say, again, that it has opened up my eyes."
"WOW absolutely BEAUTIFUL - I cry every time that I watch this ... and sent it to my children.. Thanks a LOT"
December 30, 2008
"I am 80 and ill with multiple sclerosis, the lesser of several other things, all of which are gradually taking my life away. This beautiful song has made it possible for me to pass my thoughts along to my children in a way which I could never have put into words nor the beautiful music. My 56 year old son has suffered a cerebral aneurysm at 40 years old and is now a hemiplegic; my 45 year old son was recently diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer and given 15 months to live; my 61 year old daughter is an emergency med tech in the ER and is here for all of us. Her father is suffering from Alzheimer's. This will give her some peace, perhaps, as she tries to understand when I try to tell her that at some point, she must let go of us as we head for a much better place. Thank you so much for this beautiful web site and insight into the hearts and souls of the people we love as we travel to the next phase of our everlasting life."
December 29, 2008
"I am a 45 year old man, and when viewing this wonderful video, I sobbed like a baby. It took me back to when my parents always wanted what was best for me and when I was younger, I did not understand so many things. Only my mother is living now and she has started to falter in the last year and it's so painful to go through this with her. All I can say to people is love your parents unconditionally as well as others. Our time on this Earth is so short, let's make it peaceful, content and happy."
December 28, 2008
"My aunt (suffering from Alzheimers) lived with us for seven wonderful years until she became so bad that I had to place her in a nursing home, where she went home to be with the Lord, after a ten year battle. In the years that she was with my husband and I, yes, there were some up and down times, sad times, tears, but the good times... they were so wonderful. She would teach me songs from her childhood, how to do the old dances, the waltz, Fox Trot and many others. We would go to church together. When she wasn't with me, she was with my husband who took her everywhere with him. I have five brothers and she had brothers and sisters that wanted nothing to do with this little lady that couldn't understand, would say strange things, do strange things, she was basically ignored by all. She was always there for me and now it was time for me to be here for her. At her funeral I read a short note sharing that in all the years that she spent with me, the wonder of her presence, the things she shared with me, so many stories, the love we gave to each other is something I would not change for anything. Again the blessings I received far surpassed any of the difficult times. She was a very classy lady when young and it broke my heart to see her drift into brokenness and especially when the day came that she did not remember me. My prayer is that my children will have learned something from this journey in our lives and remember all the things this presentation brings forth. Great job...and I love Josh Groban...song is great. Little Miss Priss"
"Having lost my father so many years ago, and with my mother approaching 89, I know both sides of aging parents: the missed opportunities to say aloud our thanks to them, and the second chance given during which I have tried to be more openly appreciative. There are many reasons to be grateful to my parents, but one that it took years for me to recognize was really very simple. I was a late in life Ďaccidentí. It could not have been a happy moment to discover my existence as finances were strained. On top of that, the brothers are 9 and 10 years older - my parents were just escaping the excitement of two boys born close together - only to find that they were to start over again. It is tribute to their loving natures and to their characters, that it took so long for me to realize what a gift my happy childhood and safe, protected upbringing filled with thoughtful discipline was, and continues to be. I was not, myself, as good a parent as they were to me, but I could have had no finer example to strive toward than what I experienced at their hands. So Ė aloud Ė I say again: Thank you. For your patient sacrifices and loving discipline. (And Iím sorry for every sleepless night or adolescent insolence!). Christine"
December 27, 2008
"This is one of the great presentations for senior citizens."
"Upon my first viewing of the beginning of 'Parentsí Wish, I was deeply moved and touched. Having elderly parents who are moving towards eternal life, your message of acceptance, patience and being present to care for our loved ones who need help is especially important. It seems that too many people forget about their elderly loved ones in nursing homes. Then again, many middle aged children often find themselves advocating for and helping their elderly relatives navigate through the complexities of insurance coverage, doctorís mistakes and parentsí frustration. Iíve heard personal stories of people who at the very end of life, canít eat, due to their bodies shutting down. Eating at that time causes nausea, vomiting and such. Caloric requirements also decrease towards the end of life. Thatís why your message of patience is so important. Listening is the essential human touch that is so necessary here. Unfortunately, I live in a state (Oregon) that confuses compassion with allowing for and that advocates using prescription drugs to artificially end life before nature and God decide it should end. One of the last statements during 'Parents' Wish' uses the words pro-suicide advocates use to pass legislation and change minds on this issue. With the 7-12-06 revision of sentence 'Help us live the rest of our Life with love and dignity.' Would you again revise that statement to read 'Öwith love and respect until natural death?' After reading the Q & A, I am reassured that it is not your intent to advocate assisted suicide, however, not everyone reads the fine print, so clarification is necessary."
December 26, 2008
"I have played this presentation several times, and each time I play it, I cry -- I am 76 years old, a father of two and grandfather of three -- don't tell me real men don't cry. I wish there was a way of copying it on to my own file instead of a link to a website. I have sent the link to all my friends, almost a hundred, and I have received heartfelt 'thank you.' It touched them as it touched me. Thanks to you. God bless you."
"I cried through the whole song---I'm old and so want my children to hear this and realize that age is a state of mind. I feel young and hope when I'm gone they remember just like this song, that time doesn't dim the memories and everyone is precious and should be remembered...Josh sings every song so clearly and with such feeling."
December 25, 2008
"I feel so touched with such a meaning words that authored in Parent's Wish. I'll keep this link as long as I could and hopefully, I could show it to my daughter when she grows up. Rgds SK"
December 24, 2008
"WOW WOW WOW. As my 88 year old mom is sleeping upstairs in the comfort of my home which is now her's too, I opened my e-mail and a friend had sent me this wonderful awesome reminder that of all my siblings I am the most fortunate to have her with me. There are difficulties at times with the changes she experiences however the love she brings into this home is worth every trial .I thank God for the gift of her and thank you for the reminder."
December 23, 2008
"This is so wonderful! It helps us to understand and gives such knowledge to our souls. This is a wonderful kind of Christmas present. One that should be given to ALL! THANK YOU!"
"This brought back to me so many precious memories of my parents now at home with God. Although I shed copious tears it brought many wonderful memories flooding back. Thank you and God Bless you."
December 21, 2008
"This is beautiful and very true --Josh is my favorite singer. Thanks for this email. It is what I needed this day."
December 20, 2008
"One of the most emotional e-mails that I think I've ever read/viewed. Thank you for the multiple persons who put this all together for us fortunate viewers! I watched it with tears streaming down my eyes, thinking how fortunate I am to be 41 and still have both of my parents living, in relatively good health! I have co-workers around my age whom have lost one, if not both parents. Thank you again! This is the kind of e-mails we need to see more of....!"
December 19, 2008
"I am a United Methodist pastor and this video would be a wonderful addition to my library to be used in ministry."
"A very moving message. I pray all the young parents who read this will really give it some thought in this busy busy world of ours. This message and song by Josh Groban really brought me to tears. We are not looking for our children to bend over backwards for us but just be understanding. Keep these types of messages coming."
December 18, 2008
"Thank you very much for making such a meaningful and beautiful presentation for all the people of the earth. Indeed, this universal virtue should be spread across the world. You have my support! Once again, thanks! We look forward for more of such meaningful work made."
"I am an administrator of a nursing home in Waterloo, Iowa. When I watched this video, it was so moving that it is something I would love to share this with our entire staff. I have been in this business for 29 years and am experiencing some of the things this video brings to the human body as we age and now have appreciated I am who my parents brought up. I think we can all take something away from this."
December 16, 2008
"Thank you so much for this meaningful, beautiful video."
"Beautifully poignant. Of course, my eyes teared up, but the message is so very true. I lost my Mother in 2005 and I wish I could walk ever so slowly with her again. I wish we could watch a movie she enjoys and when she gets excited, we hold hands. Thank you."
December 15, 2008
"This always brings tears to my eyes . Those of us who still have our parents, should remember to sing this to ourselves when we lose our patience... something of which I am oh too guilty."
December 12, 2008
"How true it is that as grown ups we forget what our parents taught us and as we become adults we think we should be the parent(s) now. What an eye opener for my sister and me who forget that mom is our mom and not the other way around. It definitely is a tear jerker. Keep it coming."
"This is so beautiful! My mother is 85 and in very poor health; I do not believe she will be on this earth very long. This PowerPoint made me cry; yet it is a strength to me."
December 11, 2008
"Wonderful, moving and ever so true! Beautiful and real. Thank you for sharing."
"This is definitely an eye opener, an amazing message, very thoughtful and touchy which can turn even a devil into a human to make them love and care for there parents dearly at their old age when it is needed the most. Thanks, Pam"
"I like your presentation a lot! I cried when I saw it. It was nice and very straightforward."
December 10, 2008
"Such a beautiful message. This is one that I plan to pass onto my children. As I reflect back, I was not as tolerant of my own parents before their passing and I should have understood what they were going through at the time. This is a keeper and one everyone who is hitting the 'twilight years' should pass along to the younger generation. Thank you! Pat C"
December 9, 2008
"Two weeks after we buried my 17 year old son- a victim of a drunk driver - my Mother was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (?) - it was cancer of the bone marrow. She was terminal. I am the one in the family that everyone tends to call upon to 'take care of things' and as Mom was also my best friend, I took on her care. My family and I only lived a few blocks from Mom. I took her to her chemo appointments, doctor appointments, and cared for her as she worked through the illness of the treatments. My younger brother moved in and remodeled a big portion of the house so that Mom would be in peaceful, pleasant surroundings. In August, I went to pick up Mom for a treatment and she wasn't dressed and ready to go. She informed me that she was through with the treatments. She had made the decision that it was better to live out what time she had left and not spend it being sicker from the treatments. I asked her what she wanted to do instead, and she said that she wanted to go to Graceland. She was a HUGE Elvis fan and had never had the chance to go. My husband, 11 year son, and I took Mom to Graceland. Some days she tired easily and we just took our time and let her have all the time she needed. On the day she was diagnosed, Mom made me promise that I would let her make the decisions and that I would back her up without question. An easy promise - I owed her that much. This presentation is the first thing I've ever seen that validates my relationship with my Mom. We lost our Mother in November of 1988 and I've never regretted anything that I did to support her. THANK YOU for the incredible gift of peace! May the hand of God sit upon your shoulder."
"What a touching reminder to us all."
"My cousin sent this to me. She was with me when my mother passed 4 years ago. This is such a beautiful tribute to the elderly. I took care of my mother here at my home until she passed. With the help of Hospice she passed away peacefully here at home instead of in a hospital. She lived with me the last 10 years of her life and she was a special mother with so very much love in her heart to give to me and my son. I miss her still and think of her every day that goes by. My father passed in the 60's while my mother was still strong and healthy. He was a gentle loving man who worked hard each day despite the rhumatoid arthritis he had and suffered with so many years. I will be 75 in a couple of months and am so thankful that even with my aches and pains I can still function and take care of myself and my home. This is a wonderful tribute to all of the oldsters and makes me shed a tear each time I watch it. Thank you. Charlene"
December 8, 2008
"The video was very beautiful and loved the music. I did not like the part about trying to understand when I want to die. It would be much more meaningful and loving if it were to say something like, 'If I should say I want to die, tell me you love me and give me something to live for, for life is worth living if you have people around you that love you and you love them no matter what your condition.' It just has to be relayed to them that they are worth having around even if it is just to see their smile. For God will decide when it is time to go, and then it will be too late to say 'I'll give you something to live for.' Unless a person is in a lot of pain, I can think of only one reason for not wanting to keep living and that is because they feel like they are a burden to someone they love, or not loved at all. I'm not a writer, but I hope you get my point. Thanks for the opportunity to comment."
December 7, 2008
"This touched my heart more than I can say. The tears are still flowing. I am right in between generations- with an 85 year old parent and a 7 month old granddaughter. It made me pause and reconsider how I view my mom and her difficulties with life now. Thank you for this."
"Thank you for making such a beautiful expression of aging. ~April"
December 6, 2008
"My father died in a car accident just over a month ago. He was only 59. I only wish I got to experience 'the golden years' with him. Cherish every phone call and visit with them. Learn as much from your parents as you can, they are more wise than you think they are. Also, most importantly, make sure they know you love them."
"I am 71 years old and thankful to still have my 90 year old Mom with us. She is all the things you speak of - the infirmities. Your presentation made me appreciate her even more and the role model she has been to all her children. Maybe I was just ready for a good cry...or maybe it was this presentation but I did have a good one. Thank you."
December 5, 2008
"I just finished a 4 day class for my job which I work as a CNA on a long term unit nursing home and your slideshow was one that was shown to us. It was so touching and I have been forwarding it to all my friends and family. I also live at home with my elderly mom helping take care of her and it gets frustrating at times but watching this slideshow helped me see her in a different light. I think everyone should see this slideshow and I think it might help them to see their elders in a different light. Paula Edmunds, Kansas"
"Oh so beautiful, as the tears rolled down my cheeks. This is the best e-mail I ever got. I just lost my Mom in March and would give anything to have her back. Am going out tomorrow to get this CD. I received this e-mail today from my cousin and have played it 4 times and cried more each time. Everyone please enjoy and thanks Bobby for sending it. Joanne, Cheshire, Ct."
"That was absolutely beautiful and filled my eyes with tears. I took care of my parents for 12 years, one who had Alzheimer and the other had a stroke. Even though some days I did not think I would get through it, I am a much better person to have been able to give back to my parents as they have always given to me. Tomorrow will be my Mom's 6th Anniversary of her death and I am so grateful to have had her as my best friend. I miss you, Mom and Dad."
"The Lord willing many of us will live to be old and full of years. I am sixty-three. Both my parents have died. We should honor our parents, but not only them we should honor and respect the elderly as well. I have been in the Nursing Home Ministry for Twenty-Five Years trying to do just that. While I do love old folks and care.. others that are more sensitive and talented than I could do a much better job. However since others better than I did not go I went with the ability God has given me. The thing that is so lonely for old folks is to have lived past the years of usefulness is to be seemingly forgotten and to depend on others. God has not forgotten them. Please don't forget them. This has been my reward for the past 25 years. A beautiful smile, a tear, a handshake that will not let go, seeing the glowing difference after God has blessed, healed, and filled with the elderly Holy Ghost. Together we can help. You don't have to be a singer, musician, or preacher to go and be a blessing. The only prerequsite is to love. All I know is that my heart is stirred after watching this presentation. It reminds me how the little time and energy we have. Also that how all to soon it fades away and how helpless all of us are except for God. Lets lend a hand, a hug, a voice, a song, a sermon, and most of all a prayer. Hopefully one day if we live long enough we will reap what we have sown. A beautiful thought, a wonderful song, and a great presentation has awaked us, pulled on our heartstrings to remind us how to love, respect, treat, and help the elderly."
December 3, 2008
"Thank you for this. Iím only 37, but I think Iíve matured to the point that I understand that I owe my wonderful parents my very life. They are still young and in great health, but when the time comes, I pray I can be there for them as they were for me. This is what drew me to my husband Ė he is dedicated to his mother 100%. She will come live with us when it is time and he also wants to do that for my parents. How can we deny our parents this when they sacrificed so much for us?"
"The film touch my heart. I am a mother of a 2 year old boy. My parents are too far from me, they are in my home country Philippines and I am in my second home with my own family here in Germany. I am still fighting everyday with the life so far from them I could hardly resist the feeling of missing them in every special moments in my life now. Thank you so much for the film. It means a lot to me. Its worth watching and sharing."
December 2, 2008
"Thank you for a great presentation."
"This was sent to me quite a while back, as I recall when I first saw it I had tears running out of my eyes. I just found it once again where I had saved it back then. Once again it brought tears. Thank you so much!!! John in sunny Southern California."
November 30, 2008
"We want to thank you for the wonderful e-mail. We both recently lost our mothers and your e-mail was a real blessing to us since we know exactly what you are saying. The message that you expressed described both of them exactly as it does so many of the elderly. We read it through our tear dimed eyes and listened to the wonderful song 'You Raised Me Up'. We play that song in our shows in southern Texas every winter and it is loved by everyone. Thank you again and GOD bless you. Vada & Lafayette Yarbrough, Bay City, Michigan"
"Thatís five minutes of my life that I wonít get back."
November 29, 2008
"So true and so beautiful. It brought tears to my eyes and is one of the most touching videos that I have ever seen. Josh rules!"
November 26, 2008
"I just listen, cried and forwarded this far-reaching Love filled e-mail to my loved-ones. In this Thanksgiving Season your GOD centered idea is deeply appreciated. For me, words do not fully describe the deep joy wrapped within the awakened memories that touches each of our lives in the universe. My Sincere Thanks, Faye Q.J"
November 25, 2008
"It is amazing just how much we forget what our parents do [or] did for us in our raising. Until we reach the age they have become, we will not fully understand but we can surely work at trying to empathize with them as their mind or steps begin to falter. Josh's song and video is definitely a true expression of what aging is. I see aged people every day as I go about my daily activities working in a hospital, and at age 63 I am well on my way to the same. My mom and dad are both deceased but there are many moms and dads I have adopted and I love making over them as they go through their aging process. Not many things [if any] exceed the smile of a child or an older person that has been touched by just a little attention from us. Thank you so much for all you write and sing and put together in these beautiful videos."
November 24, 2008
"As a daughter of a 92 year old Father, still living at home, and a Mother who is 89 with Alzheimer's living in a nursing home, I appreciated the video and song for the reinforcement of what they taught me as a child. I had the most wonderful childhood. Not much money, but we didn't care. We had all the love two parents could give. Our Father is weakening, but always in good spirits. Our Mother has not recognized any of us for more years than I want to count. Although she is unrecognizable as the Mother I remember and miss the most, I sit by her bed and pray. I pray that she is not in pain, that her mind is already in a beautiful place and that God is keeping her soul safe until he calls her home. I sit with my Dad and listen to the same stories over and over again, because he can't get out much and he doesn't have anything new to talk about, just memories of the good times. If we could all focus on the good times and not dwell on the bad ones, life could be beautiful. Even for an elderly parent that is dependent on their children to still make the good times. Thank you for a beautiful reminder of why so many of us are taking care of our parents. Love. My Mom taught me there is always enough Love to go around. And when I get discouraged or worry for them takes over, I think about the good times and try to make more good memories for them."
"I was so touched by viewing the Parents' Wish. I am a caregiver of my mother whose health is continuing to decline. She now has dementia to add to her various physical health challenges. It is very difficult for me to watch her slide downhill. She does a lot of the things that were mentioned in the video. I am grateful that I am allowed to help her through the rest of the years that she has left. Even though, there are times when it is much of a challenge to me. May God bless you!"
"This is powerful. It is such a blessed reminder of what my role as daughter needs to be. My 94 year old mother fits every aspect of the video. At this point in her life, the only thing that gives her any pleasure is my being with her and holding her hand. I try to go every day for a short visit, there are days when I have had to force myself to go. This video has given me renewed purpose and strength to deepen my love for her and support her at this stage in her life. Loretta"
"Thank you so much for this video. My mom and I care for my dad - who's in last stage Alzheimers. My dad has always been my hero and this is the hardest journey I've ever undertaken. My heart breaks everyday. Your video helps, even though it makes me cry too! Thank you for saying what my heart feels. Jo"
November 23, 2008
"There is so much truth insight and understanding in your beautiful piece. Maybe it takes one who has lived and watched dear parents and loved ones in their final hours and days to understand. Maybe it will make me a lot more understanding of those who's bodies are betraying them and who see youth and health leaving them. I often equate the human body to a flower which starts out tiny, perfect and grows to midlife beauty, but as with all of life eventually withers and dies. That's life. Its up to each of us to live as full and rich a life that we can say 'if I died today I've been so blessed and I hope I've been a blessing to others'"
November 22, 2008
"I greatly appreciate this and I hope everyone will take heed of it!"
"I can hardly type. My tears are still pouring down my face.!! For the first few minutes I didn't recognize his voice. Then, when I realized it was Josh Groban, the images became more poignant!! What a message what a story!!!. We, ourselves, are early seniors, with some health issues and our children, now 40 and 37, will hopefully appreciate the film and its message. I still have, over these many years, a poem which has similar words. I cry when I read the poem. I cried more intensely, while watching this film. It would be so rewarding to know that this made an immediate impact on those children (and even grand-children) who might take the time to watch it. It is almost too sad, that our younger generation, still takes their youth for granted. thank you a million times over."
"Thank you so much- everyone with elderly relatives need to see that, it prompts us to stop, in the midst of the frustrations and unintentional hurts we have to suffer, even the unfair suspicions we have to put up with, and realize these things are simply part of the 'process of growing old, and nearing the end.' After all we have had the best for so many years, now is the time for us to exercise patience, love and forbearance, after all, that was given to us when we were vulnerable . Yes THANK YOU !! Beverley M Portugal."
November 21, 2008
"Thank you. Someone send me this slide show. It touches my heart, nothing but the truth."
"I want to thank you for the wonderful slide show for a Parents' Wish."
"I was touched by this wonderful slideshow."
November 20, 2008
"This was beautiful. Although I know our son has great love and respect for us and I am 100% confident he will be there for us in a few short years, I will definitely send this to him because he also has children."
November 19, 2008
"There are not many things that bring tears to my eyes these days, but, I found this presentation was, not only beautiful, but also powerful, true and meaningful, that tears flooded my eyes. I have been blessed with having my 95 year old mother still in my life and I have recognized the impatience that is shown to her my many around her. I plan on sending this email to family and friends. Thank you for this beautiful work of art."
November 18, 2008
"As the program coordinator for a senior center I greatly appreciated the message and would love to pass this on to the children of our members."
November 17, 2008
"This is very good wish. I could have seen it when I was younger. Would have understood mine better. Will send it on to every one and to my children. thanks"
"I loved the
Parents' Wish and wondered if you have any call for this version
as a single parent (Mom or Dad). I am a single Mom raising two boys
(age 21 and 16) and would love to forward this to my children,
especially as I am turning 50 within a couple of weeks. My boys do
not have a good relationship with their father as he has had little
to no contact or support for either of them and therefore I would
rather send this from just 'Mom'. Thank you for making
something so beautiful and sharing it with the world. Cheryl"
"Firstly, how powerful is music when put to sensitive words. Look how many people who have commented and been moved by your combination, very artistic. I too would like the single parent version put on, because I have the best kids in the world and their dad hurt them so badly physically and emotionally and it would hurt them more to have it say mum and dad. I fully respect the people who can send them both, but some of us just can't, in a wonderful world we could all do it. I think it would be the most inspirational thing I have seen this year. Thanks. From Kathryn"
"At the end of my working day I received an email from my sister titled 'Parents' Wish. For me hopefully many others who have received this expression of the journey we all will take and perhaps like myself secretly hope that our loved ones do right by us. It just that someone put into words that cross our minds now and again Parents' Wish is so real, so beautiful exactly so true. Thank you. Lynette"
November 16, 2008
"A very touching slide I have ever watched. Added to Josh Groban song 'You Raised Me Up' makes it more emotional. I still have both parents still alive whom I dearly love, thanks God. They are aged and frequently fallen ill with all kinds of sickness. I always pray for their health and love them in all possible ways. My advise to kids out there, give time to be closed to your parents while they are still alive, love them as much as you can... for they are the treasures of our time! God bless us all."
November 15, 2008
"All I could think of when viewing this video is my Dad. His health has declined greatly over the last several years and I now realize that I have not been the daughter I should be or was raised to be. Thank you for helping me to understand and to do what I need to do to be that daughter. I plan on forwarding this video to everyone I know. Thank you again."
November 14, 2008
"Fantastic! I'm here at work and I cried.. this exactly describes my parents... thank you so much! Phyllis Andersen"
"This is so beautiful - it made me think of how my family is. There are problems and I wished they could see exactly how as a parent we are looking at our lives as we are heading to the end of life's road. Too many things are taken for granted -we have always been there for them and I know it is hard to think that we will not always be here. I lost my parents when they were both on the young side - how many times I wished I could have more time to have them as a part of my life as I was raising my children. - Grandma"
November 11, 2008
"All of the above, Powerful, Beautiful, Touching, Reminiscent, Very, Very True. Makes me think of some things I, personally, could have (should have), done differently with both my Mom and my Dad. Hope others haven't made the same mistakes. Had I heard this, prior to their passing, I would have handled some situations differently. Don Harms"
"I immediately sent this on to my own son and daughter and their spouses. It is beautifully done and was very emotional to read as I am still recovering from losing both parents after long and difficult struggles for them and for me as a caregiver. The tears are still flowing as I write this. Thank you so much."
November 10, 2008
"A very moving presentation. As a member of a 'sandwich' generation, I can see it from both sides, as a parent and a child. I do wish however it had been signed by 'your loving parent' instead of Mom and Dad. I'm sure many more single parents would have loved to send it on."
"A wonderful work of art. My wife has quite a collection of Mr. Groban's CD. This is one of her favorite songs. Very touching."
"This is the most profound video I have ever seen. My sisters and I have recently had to put our 87 year old Mom in a nursing home. It was so hard to do, but her dementia had gotten to bad and she is a lot weaker. I had been to see her many times and was having a hard time dealing with it. It is hard to put someone who was once a vibrant active person in a home where she is not in familiar surroundings anymore. My wonderful. Loving sister, Mickey took her to live with her after our Dad died in1998, and she has cared for her for 10 years. The last year had been the worst, and we eventually were forced to put her in the home. I am very grateful for this video, as I play it every day, and cry every day, before I go to visit Mom. I love her, and this helps me deal with the every day things that goes with visiting her at the nursing home. Thank you from the Bottom of my heart. I can deal with it now, and am actually enjoying the time we have left rather than dreading it. God Bless You! Lee Tate, MD"
"I had my daughter watch this and she is now going to get my grandson to watch it, but that is not what this is about. This note is to tell all parents to get their children to see this especially when it comes to the part about end of life words. The really strange thing with this is that my Mom and I talked about this about a year ago the last time I saw her alive in Evergreen Senior Health care and I played a CD that had Josh Groban's song on it and she said it was so beautiful and cried at the same time. She had never heard the song before. She told me about how tired she was and I let her know whenever she was ready I was okay with it. I understood what she meant and she knew I did because of being around my wife that did private duty for end stage patients. She also told me about seeing a white light when she was getting communion but that it went away and I did tell her maybe it just not the time to go yet. 2 weeks later she passed away. I think she knew by telling me I could explain it to my sister in a way that would help my sister understand what she was saying. I do believe that all parents should get their children to watch this so that they understand their choice. Frank H. Dilger"
"I am Frank's daughter, Robbin. I am almost 41. My mom has passed years ago, feels like yesterday, and my dad is still here. I was to be an only child, and I am watching my dad get older. He tries so hard with me. I am divorced, single, and a 9 year old son. My son needs to see this NOW. I bawled like the baby I feel sometimes and act like. I am speechless, but MOVED TO TEARS AGAIN. Now go to poetry.com and find my poem 'Decisions' and see if that helps you like this did me. GOD BLESS".
"How can I not feel ashamed? I am 41 divorced, single, disabled, and had the 2 best parents a child could have. I so loved my mom and she's no Longer with dad and I. Yet, I am so blessed that this 'show' was shown to me by my dad, that not only did I bawl, and howl like a BaBy, I feel 'horrible' about the way I have acted. Yet, I know that now is a new day. A day I CHANGE MY ways. My daughter is 21 and she left home and has NEVER spent any time with her brother or I, let alone her Gramps. THEY were always there for her, too. Now, my son is 10, and he is like me, give me, when, I need. I watched for a single mom and the one dad had me view. I AM SO BLESSED TO have and had my mom and dad. I PRAY everyday for the children of tomorrow. Thank you mom in HEAVEN and Dad to you, I WOULD NOT BE HERE if not for YOU. Please accept my apology. I LOVE YOU. Robbin Dilger"
November 9, 2008
"This made me feel sad and a little guilty for thinking, at times, that my dad (90 years old) repeats himself too much lately and dribbles a little when he eats. I only hope that my own children can learn to understand me when my time has come. Touched. Qld Australia"
"I wish I had listened to my 98 and 1/2 year old mother more often than I did. I miss and loved her so much."
November 8, 2008
"I thank our Lord for you. The joyous pain in my heart at the heartfelt expression that you have shared brings many tears. I hope that this is passed on to myriads of people so that true love and respect becomes more prominent in the lives of people as they age gracefully. I would hope that our children and all children would learn that LOVE is the only way to live with others. Thank you so much for making my day so beautiful. Love in Christ, Sally"
"Thanks for a wonderful slideshow."
November 7, 2008
"This has been the most touching e-mail I have ever received. It is specially close to my heart because my beloved husband of 43 years is dying from Parkinson's Disease. The last 4 months he has been bed confined. He has gone through every stage mentioned in your film, so I do know it is true. But the most touching part was to realize that throughout the last 4 years, my only 2 boys have shown their Dad their love for him by totally fulfilling the PARENT'S WISHES mentioned in your wonderful film. How grateful I am for the sensitivity of my boys. My husband has his days counted. We have made all the arrangements for his funeral, including a DVD on his life."
"My bro-in-law is very ill with dementia among other things, so I sent your Parents' Wish to his children in the UK, to make them aware that he is not to be thrown away. They had not visited him since they moved to UK last year. They were deeply touched with your rendition, which pleased me immensely. Thank you for your work. It can be used for many things, and I found an excellent use for it. I was also very touched by it. I'm also heading in the same direction as my Bro-in-law. Thank you. Jackie Thompson"
"This brings to light everything our parents taught us and it's our turn to help them. This a powerful and inspirational message for everyone to see and I will share this video with my sisters and brothers. Thank you. Debbie from Rochester, NY."
November 6, 2008
"Thanks for this nice slide show. Its very emotional and for many people including me make us realize how much our parents did for us in our life to become what we are today. Thanks. Jacqueline from Malta"
"Thank you for putting into beautiful and truthful words that which is in my heart and in my life. The music and the song is powerful and brings out memories when I too was once young and was able to care for the children.?
November 5, 2008
"Words can not express the truth behind this beautiful and touching video. I take care of my 91 year old blind father and 85 year old Mother with a heart condition and when I feel overwhelmed I turn to this video and realize we are just giving back a touch of what our parents sacrificed for us. Thank you so much for the inspiration this video brings to my soul and the strength it gives me during the difficult days."
November 3, 2008
"So beautiful, so true. It brought tears to my eyes. The tears are still running down my cheeks as I'm writing this. Peg K."
"It is beautiful and moving."
"I am 69 years old. THAT made me cry. It is is very true.. I sent it to my 4 boys who I love dearly.."
November 2, 2008
"Absolutely fantastic!!! I listened to it three times, and cried every time. I also passed it on to my two sons Ron and Darryl."
"This video is great."
"I just received this from an aunt and it was very beautiful as I'm taking care of my spouse who is dying and his kids are having a very hard time dealing with this so I'm going to forward this song to all of them. Thanks so much for it. Gail"
November 1, 2008
"Very nicely done! When watching it makes one reflect back growing up. Now that I am older, I hope my children will view this and cherish every moment that they have with their parents, and that family is and always will be there both through the good and not so good times."
"I thought it was very touching and good. It makes you think."
October 30, 2008
"This is a very wonderful and moving CD."
October 28, 2008
"I was sent this from my mother and expected to hear or view a message about something a parent wishes for their child, ie: happiness, peace of mind, real joy, etc. What I got when I opened the link was what seemed to be more along the lines of 'A parents wish 'from' you'.
"Can you put this in Spanish? If you want I can Help! It's awesome!! Thank you / Gracias. Ivonne"
October 27, 2008
"I am a sixty-two year old man; a former 'tough guy'. I had just returned home from visiting my parents (90 & 88) when I found this slideshow in my email. It addresses several of the thoughts and feelings I experienced during the visit. And has brought me to tears each time I've played it. I suppose it doesn't help any that I've seen Groban sing this song and have it on CD as well. Thank-you for helping me better see and understand the trials my parents are currently going through. It will make me a better son."
October 26, 2008
"Just wow... that really touched me on the inside loved it!~!"
October 25, 2008
"This was the most beautiful message I have ever, ever received and I really needed to receive it. I have been taking care of my elderly mother for some time now. She forgets a lot of things, repeats a lot of things, does not want to shower, and many times she does not want to eat. Everything in this slideshow reminded me so much of my mom. She is a wonderful mother who raised eight children, five of which she has lost. Sometimes she is so sad and just does not want to do anything but sit and watch T.V. I was finding myself correcting her and forcing her to eat and shower when she really did not want to and honestly I found myself losing my patience. This video, which took me a long time to view, because I could not stop crying, has put me right back on track. I will forever cherish it and forward it to many of my friends that are in the same situation as I am. Thank you for caring and helping the rest of us that need to be reminded of what's important in life. Maureen from Freehold NJ"
October 24, 2008
"So many thanks for this incredible film and music. I'm still crying. I wish I had viewed it before my Mother's passing a year ago June. The ordeal of her life and death might not have been as difficult as it was. She lived to be almost one hundred and one, and I was fortunate to have her in good health for all but a few of those years. I was also fortunate that she had such good care in the retirement home where she lived and also from the caring Hospice people who came often to see her and help in her last six months. It would be wonderful if hospice, retirement facilities and nursing homes had access in some way to this film to show to the children of the residents. It could be of great help in both the preparation, and grief process, after their parents have passed. Again, thanks for what you've done to make this the most special video I've seen in a long time."
October 23, 2008
"Thank you for the slide show. I really cried out when viewing the show."
October 22, 2008
"This is one of his best songs. Every time I hear it, I think of family members that are gone. It brings out many emotions. I saw Josh sing this on Oprah. I have the CD with this song and listen to it along with the other songs often."
"I thought this was a great way to understand and talk to you children. The only problem is I am a single dad. David"
"Thank you for creating the 'aging' video. I'm about to be confirmed as having dementia problems. I will share this video with my children, siblings and close friends. Again thank you for helping me and many other like with the upcoming transition."
"Looking at this video and hearing the song accompanying it, I felt somewhat ashamed. I have heard this song many times before, but never in this context. I lost my dear dad the day after Christmas, Dec. 26th, 2000. This brought back so many memories of our times together. Why then did I feel ashamed? Because mom, who is 90 years old, is still very much alive. She has trouble walking as well as all the other aging problems, and I, very often, loose my patience with her. I often feel like she is 'in the way'. She and Dad always did so much for me as I was growing up, as well as when I got married. How soon we forget those things, and just put into focus the 'now' and think of them as a 'burden'. They were not perfect parents, no one is, but they are after all our parents. Sometimes it is hard to reverse roles and take on the 'parent' role with our parents. But, it is the least that we can do for all that they have done for us. Thank you for this 'wake up call' and I am going to call my mom right now. CM, Orlando, Florida"
October 21, 2008
"This is truly a great slide show. My mother has Alzehiemers and has been living with us for the last 3 years. My 2 brothers (both of who call their selves Chrstians) have disappeared from her life. They have come to visit with her once or twice in the last year. I really feel like I have no family besides my own children to speak of. My brothers use the excuse that they want their children to remember her the way she was. It's a shame because she is still alive now. I have 7 grandchildren and each one of them are still a part of her life. My girls help me out with my mom, other than that I get no help. I'm sending this slide show to both brothers hoping that it will sink in how important your parents are and driving 20 miles out of their way once or twice a month would sure brighten her day. Thank you for showing concern for the elderly."
October 20, 2008
"Thank you so much Ė I have never heard anything so beautiful."
"It is beautiful! Thank You/"
October 19, 2008
"I am full time caregiver to my parents, dad almost 83, with end stage Parkinsons' and mom, 81, heart attack survivor with only 20% heart function. I KNOW what it is to deal on a daily basis from my view point and try my best but wish that my siblings, there are 8 of them, would be more involved with their parents. One of them, as of beginning of Sept. has had a massive stroke, and so young only 56, so she can not help anyone, but the others have no excuse. When our parents' pass I don't want any boo hooing...now is the time to enjoy being with your parents!! NOT lament it when they are gone."
"This is really great stuff!! My mom had suffered so with breast and then bone cancer until she died, and she just was 'her' up until the last. She might not could have spanked us anymore, but her hearing was on 'perfect pitch'. I truly miss her. Now, my Dad is suffering so with bone cancer after prostrate cancer. He is getting weaker day by day and he just can't do anything much now. I will miss him when he is gone as well. He loves to sing and I know he will be singing with the angels in Heaven real soon!!!"
"I am 89 years old and this is so wonderful and I want to thank you for making it possible for my children to see it. Judy Rodenbarger."
October 17, 2008
"This really hit home for me. I did do everything for my children. Now they don't need me nor want me to call and take up their time. I lost my mom last year in August. I am so lost not getting to call her or go get her to just go out to eat. It seems like my children are so selfish. I'm going on 60 on Jan. 20th, and I am disabled but not to the extent that inside me is still a child, a mom, a nana. I worry and pray for their souls but they are busy. I have a son here in Cardwell MO, same town I live in, don't wasn't to come in and set for 5 minutes until he say to our Grandson 'Let's go'. But before night time our 13 year old grandson calls to say 'Nana & Papa, can I spend the night with you?'. See the grandson is more worried about us than my son and my grandson shows the love and faith that Jesus teach us to have. Thank God for grandsons. Where can i find that tape or CD? God bless you for singing a beautiful song like that. God bless you. Thank you again, very heart warming. Janice Pruitt"
"It touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes. This presentation motivates me to try to be a good person."
October 16, 2008
"This was the most beautiful slideshow that I have seen. I am an aging parent/grandparent. I will send this to all of my children. I hope that they get the true message. And that they are motivated by love to apply what it says."
October 15, 2008
"I just had the opportunity to view Parents' Wish. It was one of the most beautiful videos I have encountered. Josh Groban is one of my favorite singers and the song You Raise Me Up is one of my favorites. I lost both my parents quite some time ago but every time I hear that song the memories come rushing back. Thank you so much for this heart warming video. Linda - Florida"
October 14, 2008
"You Raise Me Up is one of the best songs ever! I wanted to share this site with my siblings, so they could think about their emotions as they watched our Mom decline. Not all children/grandchildren are sensitive to the feelings of the elderly."
"WOW!!! A friend sent this to me. I love it. This needs to be shared in schools, libraries and made into a television spot. I think all kids need to see this. I know it sure made me stop and think about all the people I know that are now seniors, not just family but all of them. It served as a reminder to me to carry a bit more patience and understanding with me in my daily journeys. Thank you for such a terrific reminder that one day, I too will be a senior citizen and will know the impatience of the young."
"Tremendous message and heavenly music. Greatest email I have ever seen. Thank you so much for producing it. It says everything we would like to say to our children and let them know exactly how we feel about them, and to ask them to have patience with us because we do our best and need their understanding. Again, thank you, Janet G. Ladner"
October 12, 2008
"This is excellent, however, the worst criticisms come mostly from grandchildren's impatience. I suggest you also put grandma and grandpa in the last slide and all else where appropriate."
"This is truly awesome!! I have always loved the song and what you have done with it is not only touching, but endearing in the emotions it brings up. Thank you so very much!!"
October 11, 2008
"This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The fact that I'm an avid fan of Josh Groban and 'You Raise Me Up' is my favorite didn't hurt either. My husband and I have no children and our parents have long passed on. So - I will share this with my friends who do. I hope that it will be as meaningful to them as it has to me. Thank you for this experience. Molly - Arkansas."
"I love Josh Groban's music I received this email from a friend, I lost my parents 1 year apart and I often play my Josh Groban CD just to hear that one song. Maureen H. (Australia) "
"Thank You, this was truly touching and very lovingly presented! This has blessed my heart and soul, it has also cause a flood of thankful tears!"
"Thank you so much. The first time I saw this, I cried like a baby. I have viewed this several times along my Mom's journey. I now gain strength, more patience, and a lot more understanding and caring.. as times progresses. Forever grateful.. J. McLeod & family.....on the journey."
October 9, 2008
"I am the Social Worker in a Long Term Care Facility and I would like to give this to all of my family members to help them understand."
October 8, 2008
"I was so moved and would like to purchase a copy for the nursing home that took care of my husband with Alzheimer's. I think it would be wonderful to incorporate in their inservices."
October 7, 2008
"Thank you. It is a great reminder especially for those of us taking care of our elderly parents. I so appreciate this more than I can express. God Bless.. Sincerely, Kim"
"I am turning 66 soon and this is so true, life changes when you get older, my husband of 44 years recently had a stroke.. he is ok.. except his speech.. sometimes I see the kids just look at him.. differently..This is soooo touching I cried for half a day. I sent it to all my children and grandchildren. I hope this get through to them. That you are still the same person as you age as you were when you were young....just more wrinkles..Kay"
October 6, 2008
"Bless you for that magnificent film."
October 5, 2008
"Thank you for this. It's beautiful. I'm trying to send a copy to my nephew."
"Beautiful! Touching--Thank You, Anne ..... Coquille, Oregon"
"As an Area Co-Ordinator in a Dementia Unit, this touched a very special part of my heart and soul. It made me think twice about things that we all take for granted and made me count my blessings for my very rich life [and I don't mean in a fiscal manner!!!!!!]. Thank God for all the beautiful men and woman who have come into my life through my job and please God-give me directional guidance to ensure that my staff and most importantly myself- honour every line of this inspirational poem and give them all the peace and serenity they all so richly deserve!!!!"
"Thank you so much for this beautifully touching show. My mother died in May with severe dementia. She said many times during her last few years of how patient I was with her and understanding of her. I am so glad I was! I loved her deeply and many times I think I can feel her presence in my home, especially when I am playing with my grandchildren. I picture her right here with me playing with them."