"In Each Moment" DeKalb County Hospice Celebration in Song
DeKalb County Hospice is proud to announce the release of our full-length CD, "In Each Moment". The CD, funded by a grant from the DeKalb County Community Foundation includes songs written by our hospice patients and families,children's bereavement group, and some stunning instrumentals by NIU faculty musicians and community musicians who have generously donated their time to the project. Click here to see CD insert.
The CD is available for purchase ($15) at DeKalb County Hospice, Green Leaf Gift Shop at Kish Hospital and Valley West Hospital Gift Shop.
Click here to order your copy of "In Each Moment".
Have questions? e-mail Jen Conley for more information.
What is Music Therapy? How is it used in hospice care?
Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based application of music and the properties of music to address the needs of individuals and families. A great deal of research demonstrates that it is effective in meeting a variety of physical, emotional and spiritual needs such as:
- Reducing physical symptoms of pain, agitation and shortness of breath
- Alleviating feelings of depression, isolation and loss of control
- Increasing quality of life
- Improving communication
- Regulating breathing
- Supporting spiritual beliefs and practices
- Providing emotional support to families
- Leaving a legacy
- Inspiring life review
- Providing support and comfort during the dying process
In addition, music gives us a common reference. When at the bedside, loved ones may struggle with what to "do." Music provides a vehicle for connecting us to shared experiences, and to those identities that have defined us. There have been many times when individuals are deemed "nonresponsive," yet respond to music, turning towards a loved one, or reaching for a hand, or saying a simple "thank you." Music therapy offers a unique, non-invasive and compassionate approach to end of life care. It capitalizes on strengths and quality of life, and offers a vehicle for expression.
What can I expect?
Music therapy is responsive to and respectful of family preferences, cultural influences and religious beliefs. Key to the effective use of music therapy is an understanding of what kind of music or musical experiences are important to an individual and family. It can look as simple as treasured hymns played softly on the harp, assisting an individual to relax and fall asleep, or it can be as involved as engaging in the song writing process, having your ideas, beliefs or favorite writing set to music. Music has a universal appeal and therefore nearly everyone can relate to music and participate in music therapy in some meaningful fashion. You do not need to have any musical ability or experience to benefit from this.
Who is providing this service?
Jen Conley is a board-certified music therapist and has previously practiced music therapy in hospice, geriatric and educational settings. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor who has been trained extensively in the use of music for healing and has worked for many years in music ministry.
Links to recent articles about our program:
- Memory Loss: Music can help people tune in
- Acoustical consultant: Music therapy helps some patients deal with pain
- Music therapy comforts patients, provides connections
- Hospice patients collaborate on music CD
- September 2010 NHPCO Newsline