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Heartland Hospice Helps Patients Create Legacy Storybook Gifts

Heartland Hospice serving Greater Lehigh Valley offers patients an opportunity to create a recorded children’s storybook as a legacy gift for family members as well as future generations.

Heartland Music Therapist, Laura Malczon explains, “I have a patient who in her younger years recorded storybooks for her children and now expressed an interest in doing the same for her grandchildren.” Laura knew just who to approach to help her with this special project. She recruited Heartland Hospice nurse, Betty Poff, who has created storybooks for many staff members and patients for their children and grandchildren. Betty is a quilter and she makes children’s storybooks as her hobbies. Upon request, Betty made two storybooks for this special patient project. 

With storybooks in hand, Laura was ready to begin the legacy project. During her visits with the patient they would spend time recording the patient and her family members reading from various books. Due to her illness, sometimes it was difficult for the patient to read the entire story. Fortunately, by the end of the project she will be able to leave behind a legacy CD for all of her grandchildren so they will always be able to hear her voice.

“It’s my privilege to be able to assist in creating meaningful legacy projects such as this with our patients and families that can be treasured for years to come,” Laura said.

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