The spring issue of the Athens-Limestone Hospital magazine, Source, has an article by Brian Passe about Hospice of Limestone County that is worth reading. In the article, on pages 20 & 21, is a photo of Jerry & Louise Todd playing their mountain dulcimers with the following text:
“…Hospice volunteers don’t consider their job gloomy or depressing. They’ve learned from their patients that the end of life can be a time of joyful gathering and remembrance. Jerry and Louise Todd are retired educators and two of Pam’s volunteers. They became volunteers after they retired because they wanted to help and serve others in their times of need.
“One of the primary roles of a patient care volunteer is to be a companion and friend to a patient. As patient care volunteers, Jerry and Louise have made many friends in both the patients and their families. After the passing of a patient, they often remain in contact with their newfound friends. At first, Jerry wondered if he could serve since he wasn’t sure if he was a good enough conversationalist. He and Louise quickly learned that talking wasn’t the only thing they could do with their new friends. After retiring, they both learned how to play dulcimers; music became a way to communicate, especially with those who were limited or unable to speak…”
The magazine is on the newsstands in and around Athens and available on-line as well at: http://www.athenslimestonehospital.com/docs/Source_Spring2014_PROOF15.pdf