DEMENTIA AND A CHRISTIAN PERSPECTIVE a paper from the Church of England's Mission and Public Affairs Council
"Do you not know that you are God's
temple and that God's spirit dwells in you? ……… For God's temple is
holy and you are that temple."
(1Corinthians 3 vs.16 /17)
Dementia colours the very walls of that temple. The framework of a person's inner
life breaks down and fractures. The core personality disperses and eventually
disappears leaving a silent emptiness. Yet what remains is a temple (in Christian
theology) where the spirit of God dwells. Whatever stage the dementia has reached,
the person in all their human frailty continues to seek and become divine. The person is a temple wherein we experience the Spirit and very presence of God.
Full version of the paper is available here