I have been part of a project for some time where I volunteer at the hospital, and spend time with those who are dying. There is a program called Nobody Dies Alone. At first, I was a bit nervous out spending the final moments of mortality with a stranger. When you think of it, we were all born with at least someone present. We celebrate births, birthdays, weddings, but many people take their final breaths all alone in a hospital room with no loved ones there. I get to sit there and hold their hand, comfort them, sing songs to them, and when they take their last breath, I’m there with them. Sometimes we pray for them, for their comfort, for the family they’re leaving behind. Sometimes their spouse has already gone, and maybe their kids live out of state or country and can’t be there due to financial circumstances. That doesn’t mean they should have to leave the world all alone. It has been such a sacred experience for me, I don’t share this with a lot of people as a lot of people are uncomfortable with it, but it is such a beautiful thing. The hardest part is those who literally have no one by their side, no loved ones on this earth or those who’ve had family feuds and fallouts. It’s heartbreaking because life is meant to be experienced with family and friends.
I can often feel loved ones in the room, those waiting on the other side for their reunion. I wish somehow I could see the embrace of their family and friends as they get to the other side. Taking part in this has given me such a different perspective on life. I take every moment more seriously. “No Regrets”, that’s what I live by every day. That’s why I decided to take the leap and record a music video just the other day. Rather than let fear keep me from doing what I really want to do, I have to remind myself that there isn’t always a tomorrow. We may die in a fiery crash today, or maybe we have a heart attack. I ask myself will I regret doing or not doing this 5 years or 50 years down the road, if the answer is yes then I do it! Don’t take life for granted, love fiercely as you never know the lives you may touch.