Covenant Hospice patient sings karaoke for final wish

Mickey Givens

Mickey Givens, a Covenant Hospice patient, takes the microphone on Saturday night at American Legion Post 75. Givens made a final wish to sing karaoke for fellow Legion members.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 03:56 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Mickey Givens spent his final wish under Covenant Hospice’s care doing what he loves — singing karaoke.

The 86-year-old sang several of his favorite songs during karaoke night on Saturday at American Legion Post 75.

"It’s something I really love to do," Givens said. "My favorite is the old country and western (music)."

The night was particularly meaningful because it might be his last chance to do so. The Laurel Hill resident recently chose to be taken off dialysis for kidney failure and has been a hospice patient since July 2.  

 "One of the things that hospice is all about is quality of life during their final acts of living," said Jenni Perkins, Covenant Hospice’s development and communications manager.

Each patient is asked what his or her three wishes are, Perkins said. Requests range from visiting a faraway friend or relative to simply dying at home.   

"(Givens) wanted to hit the karaoke circuit one last time," Perkins said.

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