Music Therapy: Easing the Transition for End of Life
November 14, 2018Brightmore University invited residents and our community to our last part in a Therapeutic Music Therapy series; “Gentle Music for Peaceful Transitions”: Part 3, presented by Therapeutic Musicians of Coastal Carolina, Julie Reader and Susan Creecy. This session allowed us to learn how “live” bedside music provides comfort to patients and families at home, in assisted livings, skilled nursing and hospice care centers during the end of life transition. When we hear music, it normally puts an immediate smile on your face so can you imagine the benefits it has when you are sick or at the end of life. Therapeutic music can change the vitality of the patient or it can help slow the heart rate down where a dying patient can finally release and cross over. The benefits of therapeutic music is not only for the sick and dying, but used in other situations too such as to relive anxiety, ease the delivery process of the birthing mother, reduce stress and blood pressure and relieve the body and mental tension of pre-operative patients. Listening to music can reduce chronic pain by up to 21% and depression by 25%.