|First compassionate care program in state offers inmates chance to care|
|By dailyprogress.com- Ruth Serven Smith|
TROY — In the middle of a May night, Kelley Tibbs walked through the halls of the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women to sit in the infirmary next to a dying woman.
Throughout the course of a four-hour shift in the cinderblock cell, Tibbs held the woman’s hand and sang the hymn “Amazing Gr- ace” and the praise song “In His Presence.” The woman occasionally woke up, looked at Tibbs and smiled.
Tibbs herself has asked for a hospice program for a long time. She is serving a life sentence plus 20 years for her role in a brutal 1997 murder, in which she and three others beat and stabbed a Chesterfield County teenager. Tibbs knows she will eventually die in prison and, in caring for the dying, said she overcame some of her fear of death.
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