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Payton also said in the fall of 2016, the volunteer manager position was open and Brewer stepped in to manage the 250 hospice volunteers and even took her work home with her until Payton was hired. After she was hired, Brewer showed her the ropes and assisted on any questions or concerns.
Perhaps one of the most vital parts of her service to those in hospice was the vigil care. Whether at the hospice building, hospital or nursing home, when Brewer gets a call that someone has a short time to live, she goes to the bedside to be there when friends or family cannot.
One woman in particular touched her heart one year ago.
To this day, she tears up when she thinks of the moment. Brewer walked into a room of a 102-year-old woman, pulled up a chair and held her hand. She said the lady did not move, her eyes were closed and she had shallow breathing.
“I talked to her and pulled up a Bible with her name on it. She had scriptures in her book that must have been her favorite, so I read those passages for over an hour,” Brewer recalled.
She saw an Elvis Presley spiritual tape and placed it in a radio. She shut the door to the room and blasted the music as loud as she could. A nurse poked in and said to turn it down, but Brewer said she wanted this woman’s last moments to be great. A couple of nurses came in and sat in the empty bed next to the patient.
“This woman, who hadn’t moved for over three hours, opened her eyes, pulled her arms up like it was to the Lord and brought them down. The nurses had never seen anything like it before. I left shortly after, and got a call that 15 minutes after I left. She had passed,” Brewer said. “I get goosebumps. It’s so real, that what this is all about.”