Yesterday, upon walking into Harbor Chase Memory Care in Tamarac, I was asked by the Director to visit a resident who is nearing the end of his life and sing a of song to him.

This resident has only been in Harbor Chase for a month and his health has been failing for quite a while.  He is 93 years old.  Upon hearing this man’s voice, one would never know it. He had a voice of an angel!  Beautiful, right on pitch with mine.  Just beautiful!

When I walked into the hall, the wife of the resident must have been waiting for me and asked me to go into her husband’s room for a minute and sing a song.  I went into his room and he was surrounded by family.  I went to the side of his bed and reminded him who I was and he squeezed my hand.  He no longer can speak.  His wife told me he is lucid off and on.  I took out my guitar and sang a couple of songs from the Kabbalat Shabbat Service and the response he demonstrated brought tears to my eyes and I got the chills. The family was just amazed!  They knew this would possibly be something that would give him happiness near the end.  I told them family that I wanted to sing a M’sheberach for the resident’s comfort and the mental healing of the family, because everybody is going through so much.  I sang Debbie Friedman’s M’sheberach and everyone was so appreciative and the resident demonstrated happiness and appreciation in his way.

I am so blessed to be able to bring comfort to people at a time like this.  But, this visitation will forever be imprinted in my memory.  I will remember the resident’s angelic voice, and I will remember the resident’s response to my voice forever.

May he pass on to the next world in peace and comfort, and may his family have peace during this very difficult time.

About cantorrisa

I am a Cantor, Judaic Studies, and music teacher. I enjoy sharing my knowledge, and help people from young to old love being Jewish. I teach and sing in several synagogues and schools in the area. I officiate all life cycle events and teach students, children and adults, privately for their b'nai mitzvah ceremonies. I also enjoy studying Bible with all faiths either individually or in small groups (chevruta). I conduct Shabbat and High Holiday Services at K'hilat Bayt Shira and Senior Communities in the area. In my spare time, I teach key board and guitar. I am married to a wonderful man, have two children and six grandchildren. My hobbies are writing, playing and listening to music, learning, reading, crocheting and knitting.
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