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National Hospice and Palliative Care Organizations Palliative Care Resource Series Songs of the Dying: The Case for Music Therapy in Pediatric Palliative and Hospice Care Written by: Yelena Zatulovsky, LCAT, MA, MT-BC, CCLS, HPMT Objectives Understand Music Therapy Define Music Therapy Describe Goals of Care Discuss the role of Music Therapy in Hospice Care Understanding Music Therapy

Hearing is our first and last sense Hearing is developed in the womb Music is central to nearly every culture in the world Music is multi-faceted can have somatic, emotional and cognitive effects Gate Control Theory music is as powerful a stimulus as pain What is Music Therapy? Music Therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music

therapy program. American Music Therapy Association (Cited from Defining Music Therapy Established health profession Title protected only a Board-Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC) can provide music therapy Address physical, emotional, cognitive, psychosocial, spiritual needs Evidence-Based Treatment includes creating, singing, moving to and/or listening to music and does not require the client to have any musical ability

Elements of Music Manipulated by MT-BCs Rhythm affects both body and emotion heart rate, respiration, and brain waves are influenced by the vibrations of music toward stimulation or sedation Tone determined by distinctive rate of vibration affects both physically and psychologically Melody stimulates memory, emotion, images, associations Harmony simultaneous vibration of several tones toward harmonious blend or strident dissonance in cycle of tension release Timbre the unique quality of sound of an instrument the human voice included, which elicits different emotional

responses Defining Music Therapy For D (4 year old) and her family, primarily used as an avenue of communication for those with difficulty verbally expressing Research supports efficacy Overall physical rehabilitation and facilitating music Increasing motivation to become involved in treatment Emotional support Outlet for expression of feelings Provides a sense of control and support for anticipatory grief and pre-bereavement

Goals of Care Examples Somatic & Medical Adjunctive or alternative pain management Promotion of physical comfort and reduction of stress Aide for respiratory conditions Procedural support during examinations, treatments, or activities of daily living (including terminal extubations and compassionate

weans) Psychosocial & Emotional Assessment and treatment of anxiety, depression and/or related symptoms Offers developmentally-appropriate and non-verbal forms of communication and support Provides safe, supportive and creative outlet for emotional expression and/or actualization of issues Goals of Care Examples Cognitive & Neurologic Promotes verbal engagement within a patients expressive

capacity and improves interaction due to bridging of strengths in each hemisphere Increased motivation towards expressive skills Receptive cognition may be improved for a variety of differential dementia and disease-related dementia symptoms due to tapping into long-term memory Spiritual

Exploration of existential issues and meaning-making Support through spiritual comfort, ritual and practice End-of-life vigil for patient and family support Funeral/memorial planning Examples of Music Therapy Interventions Prompt & Existential Processing Sweet By and By music used as a stimulus to begin verbal processing with Mr. S (an 87 year old) Baptist with a diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia whose decline included periods of agitation Music-based life review and reminiscence The Barney Song & Always songs with personal meaning to P (a

32 year old mother) which helped her say goodbye to her children Lyric Analysis Hold My Hand a piece used with K (a 12 year old) and her family who were reluctant to tell her she is dying; she knew Iso-principle Music that initially matches then is modified (in a chaining fashion) to increase comfort (physiologically, emotionally, psychologically) Conclusion Music puts everything you wish you could say into words and melody. Music takes the moments

youll never forget and makes them permanent. Stephen Gomez

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