Hospice patient follows dream to Aurora, Loretta Lynn show
Submitted July 3, 2013 5:02PM
Hospice patient James Dick, 90, wanted to hear Loretta Lynn live in concert again as a tribute to "my Rosie". Last weekend, the nonprofit wish-granting organization Hospice Dreams made arrangements to bring Dick from his nursing home in central Illinois to RiverEdge Park in Aurora to see Lynn perform. | Submitted
Hospice Dreams helps fulfill unmet wishes and improve quality of life for hospice patients and their families. The nonprofit organization is supported by memorial donations and through partnerships with corporate sponsors. Hospice Dreams was founded in 2008 by Passages Hospice. For more information about Hospice Dreams or to donate, visit www.hospicedreams.org.
Updated: July 4, 2013 1:56PM
James and Rosie Dick already had been married for almost 20 years before country singer Loretta Lynn started making music, but her catchy tunes about everyday life immediately hit home with them.
They listened to Lynn’s music on records and letter cassette tapes. The couple even has a recording of one of Lynn’s concerts they attended.
“He’ll show it to anyone who will watch,” said Shontrale Williams, James Dick’s caregiver from Passages Hospice.
Lynn’s music moved with James and Rosie Dick throughout their 66 years of marriage, sending songs full of emotions — of country, celebration and change.
But Rosie Dick passed away recently, and James Dick turned to Lynn’s music for a new reason: comfort.
Dick, now 90 and a hospice patient himself, wanted to hear Lynn live in concert again as a tribute to “my Rosie.” Last weekend, the nonprofit wish-granting organization Hospice Dreams made arrangements to bring Dick from his nursing home in central Illinois to RiverEdge Park in Aurora to see Lynn perform.
“He was just so excited,” said Christy Cooper of Hospice Dreams. “This was very meaningful for him and helped him honor Rosie’s memory.”
Dick, accompanied by his daughter, sat in the seventh row as he tapped his toes and clapped along with the music. After the concert, fellow fans helped make the night extra special by asking Lynn’s band members to greet Dick. They appeared, still in their boots and cowboy hats, to shake Dick’s hand and pose for photos.
Dick was quiet on the ride home, Cooper said. It’d been a long, emotional day.
“He didn’t have to say anything. Knowing we gave him those few hours was thanks enough.”
To nominate a hospice patient for a dream, or to donate to grant a last wish, visit www.hospicedreams.org.
Courtesy of Hospice Dreams