Bride Holds Wedding At Alzheimer's Home So Mom Can Attend
A wedding is not only special for the bride and groom, but their family and friends as well. It is a glorious occasion where loved ones get to witness a beautiful union. It is every bride's wish that her parents are their to give her away.
Julia Napolitano is no different. But after her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in October 2009, attending her wedding would be difficult. Julia's mother, Linda Napolitano, 66, no longer recognizes her family and has lost the ability to speak and now lives in an assisted care facility.
Julia and her now husband, Justin Phillips, wanted Linda to be part of their wedding. It didn't matter to Julia that her mom might not even remember being there, she just wanted her mom there. To make this happen, the newlyweds brought their wedding reception to the facility where Linda lives.
"I couldn't imagine my mom not being around," Julia told The Huffington Post.
"Finding a way for Linda to be a part of the day was something we thought about early on," Phillips told HuffPost.
Luckily, the church where the ceremony was held was very close to the assisted care facility where Linda lives. Julia was nervous her mom wouldn't know what was going on or that all the people would make her nervous. All she could do was prep everyone beforehand and let them know of Linda's condition. Everyone was understanding and the day proved to be wonderful. Julia's dad even danced with his wife, making for a beautiful moment.
"Mom has been in good spirits since the wedding -- better than she was a year ago," Julia said.