One of our clients was a man in his nineties. His family took good care of him, but they needed extra help. So Ardent Care was chosen to provide him with care-giving services. One day we received a call from the man's daughter. She said her father was not doing well. Lou and I (Tom) drove to see him. He was lying on his bed and did not speak.
I asked the daughter if I could play his mandolin. The gentlemen used to play it when he was younger. Although the instrument I was used to playing was the guitar, I was able to pick a little for him on the mandolin. In fact, I used to play my dad's mandolin, when I was growing up. We spent more time with him, prayed for him, and then we went home.
We received a call the next day and learned that the man passed away the night before. I told her we were sorry for her loss.
Later, we attended the wake. After viewing his body and offering our condolences, we were ready to leave, when the man's daughter asked we stay a little longer. The family soon gave a speech and thanked all those that had been part of the man's life over the years. After a few minutes, the daughter remarked about how Ardent Care had been there for her father. She told us that the family was giving us her father's mandolin. This gesture was touching and Lou and I both shed a tear.
It is amazing to be a part of the families we serve. We count it a privilege and an honor.