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The meaning of the music: the role of music in palliative care music therapy as perceived by bereaved caregivers of advanced cancer patients



The meaning of the music: the role of music in palliative care music therapy as perceived by bereaved caregivers of advanced cancer patients



American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care 26(1): 33-39



In an earlier qualitative research study exploring the meaning of preloss music therapy to bereaved caregivers who participated in sessions through a home-based hospice program, various narrative accounts revealed the significance of music in music therapy sessions. In this study, the role of music in palliative care music therapy is examined and representatively summarized, followed by a review of strategies provided by this author to home hospice patients and their caregivers. The reported perceptions of the meaning of music to 7 bereaved caregivers are presented, including a review of themes and associated narrations that illustrated its significance. The caregivers described these aspects of music in sessions to have memorable and lasting effects as follows: "music is a conduit,'' "music gets inside us,'' "live music makes a difference,'' and "music is love.'' Findings support the benefits of preloss music therapy for bereaved caregivers.

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PMID: 19047488

DOI: 10.1177/1049909108327024


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