The Meaning of the Music: The Role of Music in Palliative Care Music Therapy as Perceived by Bereaved Caregivers of Advanced Cancer Patients
Author: Lucanne Magill (2009)
American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine1 Volume 26 Number 1 February/March 2009 33-39 # 2009 Sage Publications
In an earlier qualitative research study exploring the meaning of preloss music therapy to bereaved caregivers who participated in sessions through a home-based hos- pice program, various narrative accounts revealed the sig- nificance 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.