Music therapy in hospice is unique in that it can draw from the patient’s culture, religious beliefs, and cherished memories to create a healing experience that is deeply personal and meaningful. Therefore, it can promote an environment of healing and emotional well-being that is precisely in tune with a patient’s specific needs. While all hospice music therapy programs will have some degree of variance between them, most music therapy sessions in the end-of-life setting incorporate many of the same therapeutic exercises and techniques. If possible, patients can sing along or hum a tune while the therapist plays an instrument, sings a tune, or even just plays the patient’s favorite music from a list of songs. The benefits of seeing the patient relax while listening to songs that take him or her back are rewarding for the family and the patient themselves.
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Guiding Light Hospice is a registered, community-based hospice care agency that is licensed by the State of Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) and Medicare (CMS). We are also accredited through the Community Health Accreditation Program (CHAP).