Montgomery, AL – An 80-year-old Alabama man’s daily serenades to his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife of 45 years have been taking place through the window of her nursing home room due to coronavirus restrictions (video below).
Troy University professor John Kline’s wife, who he affectionately refers to as “Sweet Ann,” was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s 17 years ago, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
Prior to the pandemic restrictions, John would arrive at the John Knox Manor Nursing Home each afternoon to visit with Ann before her dinner.
He remained by her side until she fell asleep each night.
But with the threat of the coronavirus looming, Alabama banned all visitors at nursing homes and assisted living centers in order to protect their vulnerable patients, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
John was determined to find a way to continue his daily visits with Ann, so he began showing up outside her window to sing the church hymns and 1950s tunes she loves, according to FOX News.
For 15 minutes each day, with John’s face pressed against the glass and Ann beaming with happiness, the couple sings together through the layers of glass.
A cell phone clip of one of their visits has been viewed over 70,000 times since John posted it to Facebook on March 19.
“Through a Pane—not a Pain,” John captioned the post. “I love my Sweet Ann and look forward to spending eternity with her. God bless you for even looking–and if you listened, well that was because you wanted to hear Ann.”
Ann joined in from her hospital bed as John serenaded her with “Jesus Loves Me” and “Amazing Grace.”
“I’ve always said how much I love her, ’til death do us part,” John told the Montgomery Advertiser. “But I’m trying to make the statement that no matter what happens, there’s no reason to give up on love. If she gets where she doesn’t know me, I will still go see her, because I will still know her.”
John also urged people to stay in touch with their elder relatives, especially during times of upheaval.
“Call them – they have an old land line. If they have an iPhone, Facetime them,” John told the Montgomery Advertiser. “I want people to know to stay in contact. They let me do it every day, and most people can’t go every day, I understand that. But you can stay in touch even if you can’t get to people.”
You can watch cell phone footage of John visiting Ann in the video below: