Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the by Jennifer L. Hollis

By Jennifer L. Hollis

Reflecting at the author's reports as a music-thanatologist, Jennifer Hollis's tune on the finish of lifestyles: Easing the soreness and getting ready the Passage is an enlightening and emotional exam of the ways that the event of death should be reworked with music.Music on the finish of lifestyles highlights the original position tune has come to play in hospice and palliative medication. Jennifer Hollis interweaves narrative memoir, the non-public studies of fellow music-thanatologists and caregivers, and large study to illustrate the transformative energy of track while curing isn't any longer an alternative. via tale after unforgettable tale, Hollis bargains a brand new imaginative and prescient of end-of-life care, during which tune creates a gorgeous house for the paintings of letting cross, grieving, and announcing so long.

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75 It is not only music; it is the prescriptive nature of the music that makes it powerful and it is the presence of the musician that adds the depth of compassion, the genuine presence that with the music and the prescriptiveness creates the safe environment of reverence, peace and tranquility for people to do their own work of unbinding and leave-taking, to move, as Peter says, from music into silence, when his work is done. 76 The second study was published in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine in 2006.

Shelemay, “Response: Thinking about Music and Pain” in Pain and Its Transformations (2007). 15. Coakley and Shelemay, Pain and Its Transformations (2007): 217 – 18. ” 16. Tyler, “The Music Therapy Profession in Modern Britain” in Music as Medicine (2000): 375–79. 30 Music at the End of Life 17. Edwards, “The Use of Music in Healthcare Contexts: A Select Review of Writings from the 1890’s to the 1940’s” (2008). 18. Munro and Mount, “Music Therapy in Palliative Care” (1978): 1029. 19. , 1033. 20.

Entitled “Music Thanatology: Prescriptive Harp Music as Palliative Care for the Dying Patient,” the study measured vital signs before and after a music vigil for 65 patients. The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of this modality on dying patients, specifically addressing agitation, wakefulness, respiration (rhythm, effort, depth, and rate), and pulse (rate, rhythm, and strength). The study found that patients’ wakefulness decreased during the music vigil, along with their agitation levels.

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