There are many hospices in Denmark, and they are a fantastic place for the ill and their families. We visit different hospices around the country to sing and we always have a great time! Some times it is only Lena Løbner who perform, other times she is accompanied by volunteers from Hope for All. They sing along and make sure everyone is comfortable during the event.
The cd’s; “Thank you for the roses” and “Peace rests over hill and town” have been distributed as gifts to all hospices in Denmark. They have been published in cooporation with the Organisation for Volunteers in Hospices and Hospice Denmark.
We have many experiences and here is some of our feedback;
“There was such an intimacy, light and warmth. There was nothing to do but enjoy the atmosphere. It is incredible how this atmosphere fills up the room and the hallway. Thank you for coming, I hope you will be back soon.”
“When will you come back? You leave such a peaceful atmosphere and the last time you were here, you sang the exact songs a family had chosen for a funeral a couple of hours before the concert.”
“Can I have your songs sent to my email so I can learn to play them myself?”
“I hear your cd all the time – so much so that my family has asked if it isn’t time to listen to something else. I have given my neighbors a cd each and they listen to it all the time, too.”
“They still talk of your visit, it was wonderful to meet you!”
“Please call the next time you plan to visit! We would love a concert.”
“I have written a song and a new verse has come to me. It is a christian verse. It felt natural and everything makes sense now.”
The following tale is written by Lena and has been published in a book called “Close to death – Close to life”, which is filled with art and impressions from volunteers in the Organisation for Volunteers in Hospices;
“We had been asked if we would arrange a concert at Hospice Sjælland a Tuesday afternoon. It came to be a very giving day, both for us and for the people attending.
The following week i visited again and a woman came straight up to me. She said that she had felt so good after the concert and that she had written down some words that had come to her. She asked me if i wanted to see what she had written and of coarse i did. After some time she came back to me with a small, ripped piece of paper that said;
Love – Love
Greatest of all is the love of life
Its source is in the inexhaustible wellspring of the heart
With care and warmth
When I read the words, a melody immediately came to me. A group of us sat around the coffee table and I grabbed my guitar and started forming the melody. After we had sung it a few times, everyone started singing along and a pleasant atmosphere filled the room. I looked at the woman and her daughter and they looked happy. It was very important for me to match the melody with the lyrics and that they could hear it clearly.
“I have so much love in my heart,” the woman said, “I have been met with such love at this Hospice and i feel so much better inside.” She excused herself but everyone present agreed that it was perfectly fine to express these feelings.
It has been a joy for me to be able to be an inspiration and encouragement, and I carefully recorded this song and gave a copy of the cd to the woman. I hope and believe that it can brighten the daily life for this family to know that creativity can blossom, even during the final days. Maybe it is in this time one really dares to live life.”
The cd; “Thank you for the roses” has been distributed to all hospices in Denmark. It has been published in cooporation with the Organisation for Volunteers at Hospices.