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Hospice Harpist Treats Patients With Music

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The only other thing I want to add is how odd it feels to go on about myself and what I do. You see, much of my job is geared toward establishing and keeping the patient as the focus. As I said before, the music on the harp and with the voice is not really a performance, so in the best circumstances, I blend into the background. The music is supportive but not central or even distracting. This opportunity to chat with you came about in the wake of the loss of your mother, and I'm acutely aware of that, as I know you are. The real story is about her - and you - and your daughter and the rest of the lives she impacted. The big thing that I take with me from that wintery evening was the profound tenderness of your beautiful daughter, curled up under her own blanket next to her grandmother but so attentive in those little moments when your mother would wake. While it has been a pleasure and a privilege to talk with you here, these pale in comparison to the gratitude I feel for sharing in that one little page of your mother's biography. Thank you.

JB: I'm so happy that you shared your story with me and our readers, Tony. Words are inadequate but I'll try anyway. What you do is special and important and had a big impact on my mother's peaceful dying process. Living her life with dignity to the very end was really important to her as well as to all of us who loved her. While I got glowing reports from my daughter, Yael, and Winne, my mom's caregiver, I've been sorry that I missed your visit. This interview goes a long way toward filling in the blanks for me. Thank you.


Part two of this series: Hospice: Not Just for the Patient Anymore

The Music-Thanatology Association International professional association website.

From Elisabeth Mistretta, Senior Brand Communications Specialist: " Because Midwest CareCenter has merged with JourneyCare and Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care as of June 1, we are now one organization. Our new name is slated to be announced in October, and we now serve 1,200 patients daily across 10 Illinois counties."

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