Whenever possible, the ProMedica Hospice Serving North Central Illinois and Southern Wisconsin team works with patients to create “legacy projects” for them to share with their families as a keepsake to have beyond their own life. One such opportunity arose recently when a patient, Barb, began improving enough to express herself verbally after several months of care.
Barb had always loved to play the organ and sing, and she had done well in music therapy with board-certified music therapist, Gaby. As she improved, Gaby suggested perhaps Barb would like to write a song for her family, to which Barb readily agreed. Gaby provided her with a few chord progressions and she chose her favorite one. From there, Barb and Gaby had conversations about what Barb wanted to say to her kids and husband, Al. Her inspiration stemmed from precious blue flowers that you might find in the woods. Barb completed the lyrics and practiced singing it herself for a few weeks before she finally recorded it from her bed. In November, she was able to share the song with her entire family for her birthday.
When asked about the song, Barb’s daughter shared, “The song that Mom wrote and sang with Gaby is so beautiful. It was a special gift that our mom gave to US on HER birthday. Al is her biggest fan and supporter and was so excited to have us all hear it together at her 79th birthday party. My brothers and I are so grateful for this gift and we will cherish it forever.”