I was talking to a group of patient’s relatives regarding his prognosis. It was very grim. In the group were the patient’s son, patient’s sister and the patient’s daughter holding her two year old son. The patient was dying and I was relaying that information to the family.
Expectedly, the group was distraught but something caught my attention which I found truly amazing.
The patient’s daughter’s face was covered by extreme sadness. Tears were running down her cheeks. She was not sobbing but anybody who passed by our space would know that what we were talking about was not very good.
As I was talking to them, the two year old son was as usual playful initially. However, as our conversation went on, the child started to calm down. He suddenly noticed the sadness on her mother’s face. He started kissing her. He gave her one kiss then backed down a little to see the effect it would have on her mother. Then he gave her another one and another one and another one and every time he kissed her, he would look at her response hoping that his gesture would make his mother’s face light up. When he couldn’t achieve that, he looked around with a face that said “Help me! What can I do to make my mother happy again?”.
Up to this day, I can still clearly see the look on the child’s face. I cannot help but be amazed by what I saw. A truly awesome and unforgettable experience!