AuntzBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7274.1479/a (Published 09 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1479
- Liam Farrell, general practitioner
- Crossmaglen, County Armagh
Auntie Lily had situational dementia. A large lady, she came to live with us after her third stroke, and as my parents were dead she immediately assumed responsibility for my spiritual welfare.
All week she would sit cackling maniacally by the fire, immovable in black skirts just insufficiently voluminous to prevent erythema ab igne, but come Sunday morning a miracle would occur. She would arise like a massive billowing dark Lazarus, filled with a fanatical zeal to ensure that I attended church. Her Christianity …