Peter Moore has a new passion: asking hospice supporters to consider including hospice in their will. This year, Moore did just that as part of his own estate planning process.
“It gives me comfort to know that part of my legacy will help hospice patients,” said Moore.
This recent commitment follows a long history of Moore’s dedication to hospice. Moore is frequently seen at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home and at hospice events playing the violin.
“I’m not a virtuoso by any means,” Moore said. “But I enjoy it very much. If my music is soothing for people going through a difficult time, then I really feel that I’ve accomplished something.”
He plays in the lobby of the hospice home and in rooms with patients and families. Sometimes family members sing along, and he has been told by caregivers that patients can often hear the music even when they appear unconscious.
“That has always meant a lot to me,” he said. “It’s a spiritual experience for me.”
The gift of music isn’t Moore’s only contribution. He has delivered meals to patients and families as part of the hospice holiday meal program funded by Spartanburg Regional Foundation.
Moore has been a consistent donor to the Hospice Special Needs Fund, which provides direct assistance to qualifying patients and their families, funds holiday meals, and supports bereavement services. He has also served as chair of the Hospice Division Board.
Recently, Moore decided to become a member of Spartanburg Regional Foundation’s Legacy Society by leaving a gift in his will to hospice.
“Based on my experience with hospice, I would love for my support to continue on to help others,” Moore said. “That idea really appealed to me.”
Moore spent his career helping others. Trained as a psychologist, he was an Army medic during the Vietnam War. He returned to Spartanburg and served as the first director of the Spartanburg Girls Home, which is now part of the Hope Center for Children. He went on to work for the South Carolina Department of Rehabilitation.
“I’ve been involved in caring for people in their final days. It is a phase of life that has always interested me,” he said. “And I strongly believe that end-of-life care should be outstanding.”
To learn more about becoming a Spartanburg Regional Foundation Legacy Society member, contact John Dargan at 864-560-7403.