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Mr. Gregg: the Life of the Party

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: Mr. Robert Gregg has always been the life of the party.

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Mr. Gregg: the Life of the Party

Ask anyone and they’ll tell you: Mr. Robert Gregg has always been the life of the party.

Charismatic, with a zeal for life, a soul that dances to the beat of every song, and an eye for capturing beauty in photography, Mr. Gregg commanded attention when he walked into the room.

He still does.

It’s how he met his wife, Jackie. Their love started when she hired Mr. Gregg to photograph her daughter’s wedding. He insisted he dance with the stunning mother of the bride. In about a year’s time, they were married. Thirty years later, their love is stronger than ever as they continue to honor their vows—through sickness and in health.

Mr. Gregg is starting to lose some of those memories. Jackie, his strong supporter, and his children, have all felt the stress and sadness as they watch his lively personality slowly start to fade away.

He suffered a stroke earlier this spring and signed on to care with Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care. Shortly thereafter, there was a breakthrough: music therapy. Mr. Gregg’s hospice aide, there to help Jackie with his care, would sing to him and made the connection that would benefit from this special service we offer.

Mr. Gregg is a true artist at heart. When Season’s music therapist Sara visits, his face lights up. The man, quieted by his disease, claps his hands, and feels the beat of one of his favorite Motown tunes, “My Girl,” along with his family and friends.

“I’ve got my girl right here!” Mr. Gregg laughingly says as he looks on and smiles at Jackie.

There are new aspects to Mr. Gregg’s personality since his stroke. He struggles with anxiety, agitation and is often confused. Sara’s music provides a reassuring tempo that allows Mr. Gregg to adjust his breathing to sustain both happiness and peace.

Through music therapy, the party continues at the Gregg residence. When Sara arrives, so does the crowd! Mr. Gregg’s children come over to see a glimpse of the lively dad they always knew. The Gregg’s neighbor, Jean, comes over, dancing and singing along, hoping to converse with Jackie and lighten her burden. 

The Greggs are grateful. They’re grateful for the time they still have together. Grateful for one more anniversary celebrated, grateful for those small moments when the father, the husband and the friend they always knew comes shining through in music therapy. 

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