Research shows that sound is the last outside sensation that registers with a human as they begin to transition out of this life. Even when someone is no longer able to communicate or no longer conscious, they can still be comforted by sounds, including music.
Throughout our lifetime, music can have both positive and negative effects on our emotions. It can help us reminisce on good times and positive memories we’ve shared with family, friends, and loved-ones. Certain songs can increase our heart rates, blood pressure and even release endorphins that make us feel good. Generally, music therapy aims to restore, maintain or improve mental, physical, emotional or spiritual health.
Music can create a connection with an individual’s history, faith, and unconscious. Music therapy can decrease feelings of isolation, and provide a sense of familiarity and comfort. It allows for hospice patients to form bonds with those who share their love of music too. Music therapy provides patients a safe space to explore their emotions, reflect on life, and look ahead on the end-of-life journey. During these moments of self-reflection, patients begin the spiritual healing process and encouraging the rebuilding and healing of relationships that are tattered. Music therapy can also be beneficial to caregivers and family as well, recharging them physically and emotionally and even helping to develop effective coping skills when facing the loss of a loved-one.
CompassionCare Hospice is always looking for musical volunteers to join our amazing team. If you have a musical talent – playing an instrument, singing, etc. and would be interested in providing support and companionship to the individuals we care for, be sure to visit our volunteer section of our website for more information.
Click on the link below to watch a short video clip of CompassionCare Hospice staff providing musical entertainment at a local assisted living memory care facility here in Las Vegas. For more information on music therapy, volunteering, or hospice services give us a call at 702-636-0200.
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