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Wow, that's a tough one, Joyce. I agree that I'd be more worried about you. But I'm sure the people at the nursing home would like to see Bentley.
In the absence of picking up on your feelings, Bentley would sniff around for her a bit, then kind of shrug his shoulders and think, "Oh, well, she's not here, I wonder where she is?" and then move on to his next friend. But he's going to pick up on your feelings, and if you are feeling grief and sadness, Bentley will be confused, worried and sad, himself. I think your feelings are going to be a bigger problem for him than the fact that his friend isn't there.
So, I don't know. I guess it depends if you are ready to go, imo.