The story about my grandmother and the healing power of music
We lost my beloved grandmother Bernice (also known rather cutely as “Bunny”) many years ago. She died very quickly after being hospitalized for an illness, which led to rapid multiple organ failure. My father and his siblings, thankfully, were able to travel to Florida, where she lived, in time to see her and say goodbye.
My father is a singer who loves traditional and modern Jewish music. As he sat at my grandmother’s bedside with her in her final hours, he both provided and received comfort through singing her all of the songs he could think of that included the Hebrew word “Shalom,” which means, fittingly, hello, goodbye and peace.