Daughter films father’s hospice nurse, discovers her unconventional ‘treatment’ is singing

When a sick person enters a hospital, it is expected that medical professionals will use whatever methods are necessary to ensure their patients’ survival and health. Tragically, in the last months, days, or even hours of their lives, hospice caretakers are just there to make them as comfortable as possible. At Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when an elderly man was placed in hospice care, his daughter was often there to check him out. But one day she saw what one of the nurses of her father was doing and she knew she had to film the event immediately.

When he retired at the age of 85, Robert Olson seemed to be in prime health. Shortly after, however, his condition started to deteriorate quickly, leaving him with breathing problems and fighting for his life.

His family had the sad feeling that this time he wasn’t going to get out and Robert was put in hospice care, which is not a good sign for most patients.

Nurse Brenda Buurstra works in hospice care and has been known to go beyond the call of duty to make her patients as comfortable as possible. The Kalamazoo, Michigan, nurse began to look after Robert and soon a special bond was formed. In hopes of spending the last days of her father’s life with him, daughter Roberta Lytle visited her elderly father in the hospice, checking his health and how we was doing mentally. She quickly noticed after her arrival, however, that nurse Brenda did not provide the same level of care as the others – in a good way. She then devoted her time to informing others about the unconventional methods.. According to WWMT, nurse Brenda Buurstra was secretly recorded by Lytle after offering an unorthodox type of treatment to her elderly father.

Robert had told Nurse Brenda that he loved the song “You Light up My Life”.

Nurse Brenda returned the next day with the lyrics printed out and asked Robert to sing with her. She had learned all the lyrics and belted out the words to Robert as he listened in awe.

“He said, ‘My favorite song is “You Light Up My Life”.’ And I just started singing it,” Buurstra said.

Roberta Lytle had a hard time believing her ears when she first heard Buurstra belt out the timeless ballad.

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