One of the tenors from my chapter was hospitalized in serious condition. We went to sing to him, not knowing if they would let us into the ICU. When we opened the ICU area doors we were stopped and told we couldn't come in, but when we explained that we were there to sing they cheerfully invited us in. We really surprised our friend, sang two songs (with the hospital staff applauding), then started to leave. But a nurse for a different patient came to ask if we would sing to her charge, a young man in his late 20's who was obviously in pain. So we sang Irish Blessing and soon he was sobbing. As we left, through tears he said "Thanks, that was just what I needed."
Keith Eckhardt for the Group Therapy quartet
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