The universal language of music is calming, comforting, healing, and uplifting at all stages of life. For those in the last stages of life, music can convey emotions that are too profound for words alone.
As a Certified Music Practitioner and trained Hospice volunteer, I am available to visit with those who are home-bound, in the hospital, a skilled nursing or memory care facility, a hospice, or other clinical settings to share song with them, whether their preference is religious music, musical theater, or the Great American Songbook.
If your loved one would like to actively share singing or would simply find hearing favorite songs or hymns comforting, I would be honored to spend time with them. My goal is to address their immediate needs and provide a healing environment. They don’t need to do or say anything. They can just be. Many studies have shown that live therapeutic music is beneficial even to those who are unconscious or comatose.
• Certified Music Practitioner (Vocals) by the MHTP (Music for Healing and Transition Program), which is accredited by the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians. (http://www.mhtp.org)
I successfully completed a training program that included 80 hours of classroom time coupled with a practicum of direct bedside musical work with approximately 100 patients.
• Trained Hospice Volunteer
• My Certified Music Practitioner (CMP) resumé
• Further information about therapeutic music HERE.
• View my music training and performance resume HERE.
“What a wonderful service you helped us have for Mom! She always loved your voice, and she had specifically requested your singing for when she passed away. . . . we know she would have loved how the music turned out.”
“I can’t tell you how many rave review I’ve received from volunteers and clients who attended the performance.”
“. . . . I knew in my heart at that moment that your [music] selections and your gift to sing would move all who heard you. You are another one of God’s gifts to us, another angel he placed in our path to help us.”
Occasions & Venues
The universal language of music is calming, healing, uplifting, and unifying when people gather together in remembrance. Live singing can add so much to the service, both by celebrating a life through the music and by giving time for reflection during the service itself.
I have sung at funerals and memorial services for over 30 years. I find these among the most meaningful experiences of my life. Each person is a precious part of the human family and deserves reverence and remembrance. This honoring of a life is my intention whenever I sing at funerals or memorial services.
There are different service outlines you can follow for selecting music. Your service location or officiant can give you a planning outline to assist you. If you need further assistance, I am happy to consult with you in choosing service music.
Once the music has been chosen, I will contact the instrumentalist at the service venue to arrange a time for us to rehearse together to prepare for the service.