2018-03-22 / Views

Hearts usually connect in Leelanau

We came across a short essay in the Wall Street Journal that made us realize once more why we cherish living in Leelanau County.

Pamela Jane Bell, an author of children’s books, was feeling the pain of losing her husband to advanced dementia. She found the number of a local grief group, called up, and learned that, thankfully, it was meeting that week in a local church. She asked to join.

“I’m so sorry for your loss,” the group member responded. “When did your loved one die?”

“Well, my husband hasn’t exactly died yet. He has end-stage dementia.”

There was a pause on the other end, then, “I’m afraid you aren’t eligible to join. Our group is only for people whose friends or family members have actually died.”

And that was the end of the conversation.

We deal every day with the residents of Leelanau County, many (most?) of whom find time to volunteer in some capacity to help others.

We can’t imagine such a conversation ending without a connection of hearts.

We’re not saying we live in nirvana. But county folks do seem neighborly compared to those in other places.

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