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An Environment for Healing

I recently received a call to play for Gerald, a patient who was experiencing significant pain and agitation, but whose family had been reluctant to approve of some of the medicine that might help relieve his symptoms.
When I arrived, the facility manager was at the bedside with Gerald’s son, Charles, trying to get Gerald to calm down. Gerald screamed, “Everyone, GET OUT!”
Charles sighed and asked if I could come back later. I said that I could, but asked if I could play softly where Gerald could not see me and monitor how Gerald responded first. Charles agreed.
As I began playing, Gerald calmed down almost immediately. Using unfamiliar chord progressions, I avoided music that might stimulate or agitate him. After a few minutes, Charles reached over to hold his father’s hand. Gerald turned toward his son and they began talking in quiet whispers. I was amazed to see Gerald smile as Charles stroked his father’s hair. They both talked quietly for 25 minutes until Gerald fell asleep. I continued to play while Gerald slept. Then I silently slipped past the bed and out into the hall. Charles followed close behind.
Charles thanked me for the music and for comforting his father. With tears in his eyes, he added, “My dad and I were not always close and we had our issues. But while you played, we were able to share more in 25 minutes than we had shared over the past 25 years. He apologized for not being patient with me when I was going through some hard times and I was able to confess that I had not always been the son I needed to be. I will never forget the gift that your music gave us this evening.”
Live Therapeutic Music is an art form based on the science of sound that provides an environment where healing can occur. Sometimes, healing occurs not only physiologically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. To me, this session was nothing short of a miracle as Gerald’s room was transformed into a place where decades of pain and anger melted away.

2019-02-26T03:26:07+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

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