Stories

Tabor has transformed the lives of many individuals. We have collected inspirational stories that we feel are worthy of sharing with you.

Recovering Ed’s Heart

When Ed moved to Tabor Home two and a half years ago he was friendless. His heart, his inner self, was in trouble. His body was emaciated, wracked by pain from years of neglect and abuse. He’d fallen out with his last friend. He didn’t want any contact with his children. His family of origin were all in Hungary. He stayed in his room, curtains drawn, watching old westerns. Ed had no desire to live – “I have no reason to be here. I want to die,” he whispered hoarsely. He seemed to have lost heart. Yet he craved attention. His inner being was hungry.

Staff and volunteers began developing a relationship with Ed. Their mission – to find a way to his heart. Through patient, careful listening by care-aides, nurses, dietician, social worker, and chaplain he started warming up. Weekly prayers with parish visitors from St. James Catholic Church soon turned into visits with friends. A visitor who spoke his native tongue helped him make a call to his brother in a Hungarian care home. A music therapist touched him with her music. A Social Work practicum student convinced him to tell his life story and spent hours with him, deciphering his difficult speech. She wrote out his story, finally presenting him with a color photo booklet – “The Lonely Shepherd: A Biography of Ed.” He said, “You can share my story with others.” His life now seemed worth living.

Ed died three months ago with faithful parish friends surrounding him. They and their priest generously provided a loving memorial for him at St. James Catholic Church, a service to which he had consented.

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