My mother passed away 11 years ago. Over the years my dad has never really brought up my mother. I would ask him over time every now and then if he ever dreams of her and he always says no. He has had several Heart Attacks, he is diabetic, has Glaucoma, stage 3 kidney disease, and conjusted heart failure. To name a few. His last mini heart attack about a month ago. But now all the thinks about is my Mother, he does not remember she passed. I have sat with him looking at old pictures of them together but he does not recognize her pictures or even himself. From what I have read on line you are not supposed to tell the loved one that a person has passed because they may start to grieve all over again.
My problem is he is being relentless on asking to go home to see the wife and wants me to take him to the train station so he can go see her, along with he needs to mow the yard. I try to change the subject, have another sister call and say mom is with her, he forgets the conversation and the next day wants me to take him to the train station. I try to talk calm to him,hold his had, assure him he is safe and he is where he needs to be.(He lives with me, I’m retired so I’m home.) I tell him I love him and I need him here with me. But nothing seems to work, after awhile he starts to get upset and sometimes starts cussing. (The first time this happened when he started yelling. I was shocked and in an instant I became a child and had to leave the room) I know its not him it is the disease, but it is so very taxing. Sometimes he does not want to go to sleep because he wants me to take him to the train station to go home. I try to have projects for him to do, depending on his mood he does not want to do anything and just sits and looks at me and gives me the evil eye. Or he sits and pouts. I never really know when he has a moment of clarity, when I think I might be able to have a heart to heart talk to him.. if this is even an option... anyone have any ideas?