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A Sacred and Safe Place

When I entered Martin’s room at a local nursing facility, it was hard to believe that he was transitioning. His color looked normal. His respirations were steady and deep at 40 breaths per minute. His snoring was so loud and steady; it seemed more like he had fallen asleep in his favorite recliner while watching [...]

2019-02-26T03:42:46+00:00 February 4th, 2019|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

2019-02-26T03:25:55+00:00 October 22nd, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

God Sent You to Me

The elderly hospital patient was asleep as I entered her room. Since her nurse had just referred me, I began playing softly. Waking up after a few minutes, Joanie squinted, rubbed her eyes and asked, “Am I dreaming? Where am I? The music, it sounded like I was in heaven.” She looked at me and [...]

2019-02-26T03:12:15+00:00 October 10th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Music is Good for the Soul

When Hospice Case Managers ask me to provide Live Therapeutic Music sessions, the requests are usually to help manage symptoms of agitation, respiratory distress, or pain. But recently, I received a request to help encourage a patient who had become despondent after losing her independence and ability to play piano over the span of only [...]

2019-02-26T03:43:05+00:00 September 14th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Unique as a Snowflake

Patient’s responses to Live Therapeutic Music (LTM) are nearly as unique as snowflakes. No two are exactly the same. But sometimes, I am amazed at how patients’ responses are so similar. On a given day, a patient hearing LTM may experience relaxed respirations or a reduction in their heart rate. In a subsequent session, the [...]

2019-02-26T03:12:02+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Wearing A Different Hat

Submitted by Connie Muscenti, CMP St. Mary’s Hospital, Athens, GA 7/19/18 WEARING A DIFFERENT HAT… Imagine a small room filled with family; two little light-haired girls tossing flower petals; a bride holding a lovely bouquet of field flowers and wearing an old-fashioned, cotton plaid dress; a groom with a boutonniere of peach colored roses; a [...]

2019-02-26T02:35:38+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Blog Post, Patient Experiences|0 Comments

Oh Mr. Music Man, can you come play for me?

Walking through the Oncology Department at a local hospital recently, I heard a voice call out behind me. Turning around, Carla was standing in the doorway to her room wearing her gown and holding her IV pole. With her other hand, she waved me back to her room. “I saw you walk by and thought [...]

2018-07-22T20:21:14+00:00 July 9th, 2018|Patient Experiences|0 Comments