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Published on May 20, 2016
From Hospice Austin nurse Lev Baesh describing Florence Welch's visit: I spend half of my days exhausted after working the other half as a hospice nurse. Today, I dragged myself back to Hospice Austin's Christopher House after three 12-hour shifts, to witness a gift.
True, everyday I have the opportunity to care for another human being, with the great staff I am lucky to be a part of, is a gift. Today, however, the gift was witnessing the clear joy of a room full of teenagers singing with Florence + The Machine. She and her guitarist Robert Ackroyd came to give a private concert to a young woman who missed her concert last night due to her illness. The room was full; full of joy and warmth and love and life and singing.
The best part was joining my colleagues to get a chance to weep in the presence of this gift. Weeping, all too often, takes a back seat to the act of caregiving we offer.
Thank you to Florence and your people.
Thank you to the teenagers who filled that room with life for yet another day. And thank you to my coworkers who get it, and give it, and live it, every day we do this work.
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