My mother has been in dementia since 3 rapid-sucession surgeries this spring. She is mostly congnizant with some confusion, but seems to have lost all memory of any family members ever passing away. She keeps asking for her brother, who has been gone for 70 years, and for my sister, who passed away 3 years ago. She cannot understand why they will not come to visit her. So I am asking, is it kinder to her to try to explain the truth - that they are "in heaven". I feel she would be shocked to hear this. Or, should I just play along, making excuses for them not visiting her and seeing her so sad and suffering to think that they don't care enough to visit her anymore?
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