Music for Patients Receiving Palliative & Comfort Care

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Sometimes, a patient's last wish is to listen to a particular piece of music.  Music therapy in end‐of‐life care aims to improve a person's quality of life by helping relieve symptoms, addressing psychological needs, offering support and comfort, facilitating communication, and meeting spiritual needs.

In Memoriam of Hubert Pena

A Loving Tribute of Honor and Remembrance

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“Music can help when you are bedridden or being a caregiver, or for any other reason, actually. Last year when Hubert was sick, we were glad we could borrow an MP3 player with different music genres on it. We both love Motown and there was a nice selection. While waiting in the emergency room in a hospital in David, we would both plug in one side of the headphones that came with it and relax while listening to music together. When Hubert received blood transfusions, it was so nice to block the surrounding noises of a hospital and be in our own world with music. We learned that we could ask for our own customized playlist, and it was truly wonderful to listen to our favorite music while he was going through medical procedures. Even at home, when l had to stay awake until 11 pm to give Hubert his medications, it was nice just to listen to music from the MP3 so I wouldn’t fall asleep.” - Willeke Pena-de Voogd

Music for Memory-Related Disorders

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Joan & Valarie

Music activates the limbic system which is composed of several interlinking parts that lay deep inside the brain. Memory-Related research notes that this part of the brain reacts emotionally to music, giving the listener chills, joy, sadness, excitement, pleasure and other feelings.