Music therapy and palliative care

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For those facing death, the opportunity to be creative in musical activity can be an accompaniment on their journey. The formats in which music is offered are variable and flexible and people are facilitated to play, sing or listen to music in a way that is right for them.

Benefits may include:

  • Enabling mourning and grieving
  • Helping to accommodate feelings of loss, isolation and abandonment
  • To make sense of suffering and of dying; to accept and forgive
  • Developing creative expression and being enabled to celebrate life
  • Being empowered to endure the situation and find healing and meaning, hope, and a sense of purpose
  • Maintaining independence
  • Comfort and support for patients and their families
  • Music therapists may offer after-care for bereaved family members e.g. performing at a funeral, or providing recordings of music of the person who has died.

If you’d like to speak to one of our therapists about music therapy and palliative care, get in touch or find out how to make a referral for you or on behalf of an organisation.