"This is a very difficult thing," said Robertson. "I hate Alzheimer's disease, one of the most terrible things are here because a family member, and this is a woman or a man I would love to have for 20.30 40 years old, and suddenly went this person.'re Gone. Are gone, so what he says in is essentially correct, but I know it sounds harsh, but if he would do something he should divorce her and start again, but to make sure they care a guardian and a person looking after them. "
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Robertson said he was a friend that the viewer can obey this vow of "till death you part" because the disease was "a kind of death." Robertson said he would not understand if someone started another relationship based on the need for companionship.
Gave the example of Robertson, a friend who faithfully visited his wife every day, although they can not remember his visits to illustrate the difficulty of caring for someone infected with the disease.
"It's really hurtful because they say crazy things," said Robertson. "However, it is difficult thing terrible to someone, and I can not be criticized because he wants some sort of companionship, and if he was saying in effect is gone, he is right, it's like death walking. Get some ethicist else to give you an answer because I recognize this dilemma, and the last thing you do is condemn you to take this type of work. "
Robertson's advice stands in stark contrast with most of the theologians and ethicists who advise fidelity. Decision will not be easy.
Robertson faced a similar situation McQuilkin two decades ago. Decided to step down and end his tenure in 22 head of Columbia College of Bible and theology. Instead, it helped full-time care for his wife, Muriel. She died in 2003 after suffering for 25 years with the disease. During the past decade, you may not recognize Morrell care of her husband.
In an article he wrote after his resignation from the CT Columbia, explained his decision to McQuilkin.
"It was a decision when the time comes, the company that did not take any significant expense, and the question of integrity. Had I not promised, 42 years ago," in sickness and health ... Till death us part?
This was not a grim duty, which became independent with patience, however. It was only fair. She, after all, cared for me for nearly four decades of great dedication, and now it was my turn. Such a partner was! If you take care of her for 40 years, and I will be out of debt, "wrote McQuilkin.
In an interview in 2004, McQuilkin said he made the right decision. "Some people sort of resent the imposition, but those ideas did not come to me," said McQuilkin. "I thought it is an honor to care for her, and she was always caring for me, so it was not a burden, and in fact, if it were a burden, and perhaps there will be a lot of grief now, and this sense of loss."