Integrating Music into Grief Rituals

Integrating Music into Grief Rituals |

Even though formal music therapy has become an important part of hospice care only in the last couple of decades, music has been an important part of celebrating life for centuries. At the music therapy conference I attended earlier this month, music therapist Dr. Natalie Wlodarczyk from Drury University spoke about the role of ritual…

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How Can I Keep From Singing? Profound Musical Experiences

I stopped to visit a woman in the nursing home. She never makes any outright requests for songs, perhaps out of politeness. I did know from previous sessions that she likes Christian hymns, though, so I suggested “How Great Thou Art”which she accepted. She listened quietly as I sang two verses. When I finished, I…

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