Patients with terminal diagnoses can often benefit from creative art therapies designed to ease discomfort, improve communication, and provide an outlet for expression. Music therapy, combined with the medical attention and interventions of the hospice team, can help improve a patient’s quality of life by relieveing symptoms and addressing needs related to the end of life.  At the same time, music therapy can be used as a tool to help caregivers cope with their impending loss and during bereavement. 

At Gilchrist Hospice Care, a board certified music therapist (MT-BC) will use everything from listening to performing to writing and recording music in an effort to meet the social, emotional, physical, spiritual and/or cognitive needs of the patient and family.

Interventions the music therapist may use include: 

  • Song writing
  • Improvisation
  • Imagery and music
  • Lyric analysis
  • Singing
  • Instrument playing
  • Relaxation techniques

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