Caring for my brother after his brain injury showed me a world of compassion – The Guardian

‘I witnessed the genuinely therapeutic power of love and kindness. This wasn’t easy kindness; it was bald, tenacious and powerful, a force to be reckoned with’: Marina Kemp. Photograph: Jean Goldsmith/The Observer

I often find myself thinking back to a fairly unremarkable afternoon in 2010. I was sitting in the day room of a care home while my older brother Miles slept beside me, in his wheelchair. Steve, one of the other severely brain-injured residents dotted around the room in wheelchairs, was in distress. His hands were up by his face in tight fists and he was weeping. Nothing anyone did to comfort or soothe him worked; the look on his contorted face was one of pure anguish.

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