Supporting Those in Hospice Through Music

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CompassionCare Hospice is happy to introduce our new Music Specialist, Joahan (JoJo) Tiogangco!

Born and raised in Pahala, Kau, Hawaii, JoJo says that “Music was life and being raised in it (music) gave me the ability to preserver and preserve the culture in my heart.” She specializes in the guitar and ukulele and is diverse in the music she writes and plays.

Research has shown that music is the last sensation to register with someone who is exiting this life. Even when we can no longer speak or become unconscious, we can be consoled and comforted by the sound of music. Music promotes an environment of healing and restoration to individuals. It not only is used as a tool for emotional and spiritual support, but it also provides physical benefits as well. Music therapy is a complex, personal, and deep practice that brings aid to all who are on the end-of-life journey. It embraces culture and memories to create a restorative experience that is uniquely therapeutic to each person and their loved-ones.

Music for hospice patients can help increase self-expression and socialization, create positive memories, improve mood, provide distraction during difficult times, and even aid in muscle relaxation/pain relief. Singing, song writing, and instrumentals are all provided through our specialist. Most importantly, this service supports patients and families through the anticipatory grief process and eventually saying goodbye.

For more information on this program, hospice and CompassionCare – call us today!