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Hospice Worker Comforts Patient Through Song (Video)

| by Michael Howard
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A video showing a hospice worker singing to an elderly patient as she rests her in bed has gone viral, garnering more than 1.4 million views on YouTube (video below).

In the video clip, which runs over three minutes, the man stands beside the patient's bed and sings "How Great Thou Art," a Christian hymn. The video was reportedly shot at the Austinburg Nursing and Rehab Center in Austinburg, Ohio, according to HeroViral.

In the comment section below the video, a man identifying himself as the patient's brother-in-law indicates the man singing is a former student of the dying woman.

"This lady is my sister-in-law, Mary Redmond," he writes. "Her former voice student and attending Hospice worker, Josh, sings to her as a gesture of good will and tender caring for his patient and former teacher."

Hospice choirs, which go from hospital to hospital and sing to dying patients, are becoming more common. Hundreds of different choirs have formed across the country, according to Fox News.

Kate Munger founded the Threshold Choir, one of the first major hospice choir groups, in 2000 after singing to a friend who was dying of AIDS.

"It's difficult and challenging work, but it's also deeply satisfying," Munger told Fox News. "People don't sign up for this unless they're sure this is something they're called to do."

Sources: HeroViral, Eric Andersson/YouTube, Fox News / Photo credit: Eric Andersson/YouTube

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