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Copyright © 2004, Yarka Vendrinska

13 - Hand on Bed Rail


Bohemian Home for the Aged, Chicago, IL


John used to rest his hand on the rail at the side of his bed.  He was

unable to speak, but appeared to sense people around him.  The same

hand used to squeeze mine, the only visible expression of our communication.

This was tremendously touching and moving exchange for both the subject and

photographer, we both cried on occasion, sharing our time together.