No matter how much we would have wanted to prolong our lives and live hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, death is inevitable and only a few people actually live to over a hundred.
But just because death is inevitable doesn’t mean everyone is prepared for it. Thankfully, family and friends can help ease the pain and fear of dying.
Sixty three-year-old cancer-patient Margaret Smith had been waiting for a liver transplant but got too sick for the procedure after her cancer became too aggressive, quickly spreading to other parts of her body.
She had been confined at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee for quite some time but doctors told her family it won’t be long before she dies. Throughout her ordeal, she made friends with the nurses and staff of the hospital, particularly nurse Olivia Neufelder who would sing to her every day when she makes her rounds.
As Margaret lay in her deathbed surrounded by family, Olivia came and spent hours trying to keep her calm and at peace. To make the old lady’s passing easier and to make her smile despite the pain she’s feeling, Olivia sang her favorite song, “Dancing In The Sky” by Dani and Lizzy. It is the same song she had always requested for her funeral.
Margaret’s family loved the gesture, calling Olivia an angel.
“Words cannot describe the appreciation and love we feel for nurse Olivia who mom calls her angel!” said Megan Smith, Margaret’s daughter.
“Your dedication to your patients is beyond any that I have seen, you truly are a beam of light and I cannot thank you enough for the care and compassion and love you shared for my mother. God bless you, Olivia!”
Crystal Hamilton, a family friend, took the video of Olivia singing to Margaret. This would soon take social media by storm. What a sweet gesture…