One of the ways that we spent time with Mom in the hospital and the palliative ward was reading to her. She requested a long-time favourite of Stuart McLean’s Vinyl Cafe stories (of Dave and Morley and family) and we continued to bring in all of his books.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with Stuart McLean but his stories of Dave and Morley invoke a lot of emotion. Sometimes you find yourself nearly in tears but usually loud laughs would escape from your mouth (and heart!) before you could even stop it (but why would you want to?). Sometimes Mom would start laughing so hard that it would bring on a coughing/asthma fit and it would take her a while to catch her breath. But she would say it was worth it.
Of course we read other books or passages of Scripture to her, but Vinyl Cafe stories were the main staple. Oh the joy they gave my Mom! Oh the spirits that were lifted! Oh the gift of stories and silliness and laughter in such a dark period and place!