Journal of Music Therapy; Fall 2008; 45, 3; International Index to Music Periodicals Full Text pg. 330
The authors report results of a study in which they investigated bereaved parents’ experiences of music therapy with their terminally ill child. Interviews were conducted with seven bereaved parents. Transcripts were analyzed using phenomenological strategies. Five themes emerged: (1) music therapy was valued as a means of altering the child’s and family’s perception of their situation in the midst of adversity; (2) music therapy was a significant component of remembrance; (3) music therapy offered a multifaceted experience for the child and family; (4) music therapy enhanced communication and expression; and (5) parents shared perceptions of and recommendations for improving music therapy services.