Whether there is love involved or not...........you just do the right thing. If you do the right thing, you can never say you didn't try, you didn't care or you didn't give. Anyone can walk away. It takes special people to stay and be care givers under any circumstances because that is what being compassionate and big hearted is. We on this forum are not selfish, not self centered, not callus or uncaring. If we were, we would have no need to come here to talk to others in our boat. What motivates us is unique and personal to each of us but what is the same is the feeling that we will do our best, whatever that is, do what is right, whatever that is, and we will not have regrets because we at least tried to do our best for them.but what word would you use to describe that thing that motivates a person to sacrifice their own life, freedom and happiness to care for someone who probably does not know them any longer, never mind appreciate them. What is the motivation? Duty, guilt, common decency,belief in promises made?
That being said......doing your best does not include being a sacrificial lamb. Somethings doing what is best for them means letting go. It is a balance thing and that is something I am trying to learn to do myself.