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Music and Medical Assistance in Dying

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by SarahRose Black, MMT, MTA, RP, CKN Music & Creative Therapies Editor

 

The use of music in palliative and end of life care is neither new nor novel. This approach to whole-person care at the end of life has been employed in various care settings around the world for centuries, in different cultural practices, health care institutions and homes. Music has long been able to offer a sense of comfort, emotional support, opportunity for psychosocial processing, and physical symptom relief for those facing end of life, as well as support for their family members.

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What’s on your Playlist?

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by SarahRose Black, MMT, MTA, RP, CKN Music & Creative Therapies Editor

Whether I am discussing music with friends, family, patients or colleagues, a consistent trend seems to emerge. What we prefer is closely linked to our associations. When we associate a song with a particular time in our lives, that same song tends to hold ongoing significance. Perhaps a song that was played during a first dance at a wedding continues to bring up very vivid memories and feelings. A song from a childhood experience (perhaps a caregiver’s soothing voice before falling asleep) may continue to provide comfort and support well into adulthood.  Often, a sequence or combination of songs can elicit a pattern of feelings, or an emotional arc taking us from one mood to another, or holding us steadily in a specific affective experience for an extended period of time.

 

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Soundscapes of Healthcare: How can we shift sound perception for well-being?

musicandcreativetherapyby SarahRose Black, MMT, MTA, RP, CKN Advisory Board Member

 

So many moments of our lives are bombarded by various soundscapes, a term coined by Canadian composer, environmentalist and musicologist R. Murray Schafer.  Schafer defines a soundscape as “a sound or combination of sounds that forms or arises from an immersive environment” (Schafer, 1977).  Some of these sounds may be helpful while others may be harmful. Take a moment to consider the sounds that permeate your daily activities: what do you hear as you move through your day? You may hear sounds of traffic, or perhaps bird chirping, or maybe children laughing. Your soundscape may include keyboards clicking and coffee makers dripping. For those connected to the health care system either personally or professionally, soundscapes may include the dinging of call bells, the buzzing of pagers, the beeping of IV machines, and the varied conversations that may arise in hallways or inpatient hospital rooms, perhaps even the white noise of a crossed lobby or clinic. As an activity, try stropping what you’re doing and naming four sounds that you hear around you. What do you notice when you start to mindfully listen?

 

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