As I’m sure will come as no surprise, the covid-19 / coronavirus has caused me to cancel all my spiritual care services for the foreseeable future.
It tears me up to know that these seniors are among the most vulnerable to this disease. On top of that, I expect this crisis has increased their isolation, fear, and confusion.
As I was feeling rather helpless, I received this timely email on Wednesday:
Is there any way you can upload the sing-along hymns on YouTube so they are easily accessible on any device? Our facility uses a large TV to cast videos on. It would make it so much easier. –Pastor Connie
Ask and you shall receive
After a steep learning curve and help from my tech-savvy husband, I just finished uploading the first 28 hymns to YouTube. I chose these 28 because they’re the ones that correspond to my ready-to-use hymnal for use with my worship services.
These songs are suitable anytime, as well as for special services for Lent and Easter.
I’ll keep working on the rest (only about 60 to go! 🙂 ) and will add them to this channel. I haven’t played around much with my channel settings, so I’ll be working on that too. (Any advice is welcome.)
Praying for you
You, my readers, subscribers, friends, and more, are in my prayers during this difficult time. Please, please send me ideas for things that would make this crisis more bearable for you and your loved ones, especially elders with dementia.
And let’s not forget to send love and support to the dedicated caregivers in long-term residences. They keep showing up for these elders and they are undoubtedly working long shifts to make up for the lack of entertainers, volunteers, and others who typically break up the day. You all are heroes.