Friday, May 2, 2008

Today we had a guest speaker teach us about the complementary therapy of Music Thanatology. She is one of 77 licensed Music Thanatologists in either the country or the world (I don't remember which). These specialists visit patients at the end of life and conduct Music Vigils for patients and their families to provide comfort in a time of pain and grief. The music and vocals are improvised in response to the patient's physiological signs and needs. The example song she played was beautiful and haunting, which is precisely how I like my harp music. When I'm on my way out, I want a Music Thanatologist at my side, or at the very least, a boombox playing "Who's Next" on repeat.

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