Music Therapy

Any Family Hospice Patient can qualify. There is no additional charge for music therapy services. It is included as part of the hospice interdisciplinary team at Family Hospice and funded by generous donations within our service area.

art_Music-TherapyThe Therapist may play a patient’s favorite songs at their bedside to improve their quality of life. They can even record their favorite songs as a legacy gift to their family.

As a patient begins to decline physically, music can touch the soul. Music played for a patient in transition can be used to reduce restless ness, regulate breathing and improve the environment for the family

What is Music Therapy?
Taking into consideration the emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of the patient a certified music therapist engages the patient, caregivers or family members with music in ways that help meet their needs.Music therapy can incorporate all aspects of music using instruments and music style, depending on each patient’s preference.

It Can:

  • Control pain
  • Help express feelings
  • Improve well-being
  • Decrease anxiety
  • Stimulate memories
  • Increase relaxation
  • Prompt speech
  • Induce sleep

The music that is most effective is the music of the patient’s young adult years. This is music that the patient danced or sang to, music that can unlock memories.

Did you know that having a patient play a drum increases heart rate, increases circulation, increases blood pressure, and releases endorphins that increase positive mood?

Music Therapists are allied health professionals, specially trained in hospice and palliative care. They are certified to assess patients to determine strategies for pain relief and emotional care. They provide personalized therapeutic sessions for individual hospice patients or whole family groups. Therapists are members of the Interdisciplinary Team.

If you have any questions regarding use of music therapy, please contact us to learn more. It is our mission to bring compassionate professional care to individuals experiencing a terminal illness. We seek to assist individuals in the communities we serve find meaning in the dying process by providing hospice care, not just for end of life, but for all of life.

Contact Family Hospice at 618-277-1800, or through email:


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