The Role of Music at the End of life

Christina M. Puchalski

in A Time for Listening and Caring

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146820
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999866 | DOI:
The Role of Music at the End of life

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This chapter examines the role of music in end-of-life care, explaining that the use of music, as a therapeutic intervention, has played a significant role throughout time in honoring and assisting the dying process. Research has shown that music affects people physiologically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually, and that people respond to music in many more subtle and complex ways than can be proven scientifically. It also outlines the integrative elements in music and the application of music as a spiritual practice.

Keywords: music; end of life; therapeutic intervention; dying process; integrative elements; spiritual practice

Chapter.  5047 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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