We all age and eventually die. I’m not particularly afraid of dying, I think it’s something beautiful and natural. On the other hand, I am terrified of getting old and no longer being able to take care of myself. posterposter Being completely dependent on someone else, not being able to go to the bathroom on your own or remember your children’s names.
This is not a life. Maria was living her final days in a care facility. She knew she didn’t have much time left to live. Maria was a singing and piano teacher all her life and she missed music. But she was lucky, because one of her former students worked at her nursing home in Austinburg, Ohio. Joshua Woodard had taken her classes from the age of 9, so they knew each other well. Maria’s dearest wish was to hear the song “How great thou art” before she died. Of course, Joshua couldn’t wait to grant Maria’s last wish. With the lyrics of the song on his phone, he sang a heartfelt rendition of Maria’s favorite song.
What’s even more touching is that Joshua had known Mary since he was 9 years old. “Hospice workers are angels, but this caregiver is special,” said Marti Adkins Redmond. “Mary taught voice and piano in her time and this aide Joshua Woodard was one of her students as a child. The hospice staff are exceptional!