Giving Pop Peace

Giving Pop Peace

I recently went to a memory care unit to provide a second therapeutic music session for one of my hospice patients. Lawrence was actively dying and still suffering from respiratory distress, which was causing a lot of stress for him and his family. During the previous session, members of his family noticed how therapeutic music had comforted him and helped his respirations become more relaxed.
Two days later, they were hoping I could help comfort him again. When I arrived, Lawrence’s granddaughter asked me if I could help “Pop” die in peace. I told her that I couldn’t control the process or the timing of one’s passing, but would do what I could to help him be more comfortable.
Within minutes of me starting the session, Pop’s breathing began to slow and soften. After thirty minutes, it was evident that the end was near.
After he had passed, I met the family outside in a nearby sitting area. With tears in her eyes, his granddaughter said, “You must be an Angel. Our prayers for Pop to die peacefully have been answered through you and your music. You were surely sent by God to help him and I will remember you for the rest of my life.”
Sharing this and similar stories is difficult for me because one might infer that I am boasting about my skill as a Music Practitioner. I assure you this is not my goal. I have been given a gift and that it is a privilege, an act of worship, to share my gift as God leads. I do not boast about my music, but I will boast in God and how He empowers all of us to use our unique gifts to love and serve all people, including those at the end of life.
I am passionate about people understanding the power of live therapeutic music and how it can comfort the suffering. I consider my work to be a sacred calling and am blessed beyond words to do this work. And I thank all of you who help support my work through Strings of Mercy, helping us to change the way we care for the suffering through live therapeutic music.
– Chuck Beckman, CMP

2019-02-26T03:41:50+00:00 December 18th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

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