Chuck Beckman

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An Encounter with Dementia

The instant I walked off the elevator at a local hospital this week, I could hear Martha crying out from down the hall.  “Help me!  Won’t somebody please come help me?  Oh God, please help me!”   As I consulted with the Charge Nurse about which patients to see, it was obvious I would start my [...]

2017-10-02T18:44:40+00:00 October 2nd, 2017|Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Bringing Russell Peace

Russell* was a hospice patient I had been working with over several months. Suffering from dementia, he responded well to familiar music during our first session. But his ability to engage and process sound deteriorated over time, leaving him minimally responsive during my last few visits. Recently, I received a call from his daughter-in-law requesting [...]

2018-07-26T19:33:57+00:00 June 28th, 2017|Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Lorretta’s Letter

Strings of Mercy continues to provide funding for Certified Music Practitioners to play Live Therapeutic Music (LTM) for patients around metro Atlanta. Here is a note I recently received from one of our CMPs, Loretta, who serves patients in Forsyth County. "Yesterday I served at Northside Hospital-Forsyth and it was such a rewarding day for [...]

2018-07-26T19:32:56+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Blood Pressure Miracle

This post chronicles one of the most significant clinical responses to live therapeutic music I have yet to experience as a Certified Music Practitioner. I was recently in a local ICU where a nurse asked, “I have a trauma patient whose systolic blood pressure is dangerously high. I can’t give him any more medication and [...]

2018-07-26T19:31:58+00:00 May 15th, 2017|Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Hey Good Lookin’

Marion is a resident at a local private care home where I provide Live Therapeutic Music. When I first met Marion years ago, she was already suffering from Dementia. Even so, she was usually engaging, responsive and loved to sing along with any style of music. As a church soloist for 40 years, Marion loved [...]

2018-07-26T19:31:27+00:00 February 23rd, 2017|Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Just The Way You Look Tonight

I recently worked with an elderly woman with end stage dementia at a local skilled nursing facility. Her son had called me to share that his mom was transitioning and to ask if I could help relieve her agitation with live therapeutic music at the bedside. When I arrived, I could not tell whether Dorothy [...]

2018-07-26T19:31:10+00:00 October 17th, 2016|Patient Experiences|Comments Off on Just The Way You Look Tonight

The Best Medicine Ever

This week, I accompanied a wound care nurse as she worked with one of her patients at a local hospital. The patient, Janet,  was scheduled to have several dressings and drainage tube changed and had already been through this painful procedure several times during her stay at the hospital. Imagine the fear, stress and anxiety [...]

2018-07-26T19:30:41+00:00 September 17th, 2016|Patient Experiences|Comments Off on The Best Medicine Ever

Her Caregiver was Stunned

Last month, I attended the Bi-Annual MHTP Conference near Los Gatos, CA. This conference included several great presentations on the benefits of Live Therapeutic Music (LTM). One of the presentors, Dr. Claire Garabedian, a Research Assoc. at the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester, gave a presentation on her own research showing [...]

2018-07-26T19:30:11+00:00 August 29th, 2016|Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Forsyth County Art Alliance Grant

Strings of Mercy had a big day recently as we received a grant from the Forsyth County Arts Alliance at the Forsyth County Community Foundation. This money will be used to hire Certified Music Practitioners (CMPs) to play live therapeutic music at Northside Hospital Forsyth and skilled nursing / hospice facilities in Forsyth County. On [...]

2017-06-29T00:39:38+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Strings of Mercy Updates|0 Comments