From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

December 8

One of our favorite patients had been in and out of our small, rural hospital several times. We had all grown quite attached to her and her husband.

I admired their expression of love. Daily he brought her fresh flowers and a smile, then sat by her bed as they held hands and talked quietly. Every night before he left, he closed the door so they could spend time alone together.

On this night, however, things were different. She had taken a turn for the worse and wouldn’t make it through the night. I checked in on her first, asked if they needed anything, then left quickly. I offered comfort throughout the evening, and at about midnight she passed away.

“May I please be alone with her for awhile?” he asked, and I closed the door behind me.

Suddenly, the most beautiful male voice floated from that room singing “Beautiful Brown Eyes” at the top of his lungs. When the tune faded, he called to me. “I sang that song to her every night from the first day we met. Tonight I had to make sure she heard me as she was on her way to heaven.”

Christy M. Martin

Express love daily, all the way to the end.

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