Life can be so beautiful, but like all things, it must eventually come to an end. For those who are critically or terminally ill and on their last lap in life, hospice care is considered to be one of the best ways for these patients to live out the rest of their days. Due to the bleakness of their situation, the treatments these patients receive are not about rehabilitation, but focused on the management of physical and mental pain.
While visiting her mother-in-law, Mary, at the Austinburg Nursing and Rehab Center in Austinburg, Ohio, Marti Adkins Redmond saw something that will stick with her for the rest of her life. A hospice worker by the name of Joshua Woodard walked into the room and slowly began to sing. He wasn't just singing to himself, however - he was singing directly to Mary in an act more akin to a serenade. His song of choice was the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art.” Without a moment to waste, Marti pulled out her phone and recorded the entire performance on film. “Hospice workers are angels but this hospice aide is special [...] Mary taught voice and piano in her day and this aide Joshua Woodard was one of her students as a kid. Special people hospice workers are,” said Marti in a Facebook post.
It is unfortunate, but Mary has passed away since the filming of this video. Though she touched many lives through her work as a teacher, Joshua Woodard was lucky enough to repay the favor during her last days of life.