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Hospice Music Therapy

What is Hospice Music Therapy?

By definition, music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music by a trained professional to meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of individuals. Music Therapy is one of the ways in which First Choice Hospice of Utah provides additional comfort and support for our patients and families. Hospice Music therapy provides a holistic support and allows for an alternative means of communicating, relating, and expressing.

Benefits of Music Therapy in hospice care

In practice, music therapy has been shown to accomplish a number of objectives in the hospice and palliative care setting:

  • Pain management
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Expression of emotions (verbally and non-verbally)
  • Decreasing feelings of isolation
  • Increasing feelings of closeness, acceptance, and intimacy
  • Increasing self-esteem/self-acceptance
  • Creating positive memories at the end of life