Music Therapy: The Benefits for People in Hospice

“Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours.” – Elton John

Music has the power to evoke strong emotions, transport us back in time, lift spirits, ease and relax the mind and so much more. Music therapy can play an essential role in helping a loved one feel calm and at peace, while improving their mental health and overall well-being. For those in hospice care who are struggling physically, emotionally or spiritually, music can be an outlet to relieve some of their anxiety, stress or depression.

According to the American Music Therapy Association, the main functions of music therapy for hospice patients include:

  • Decreasing pain and discomfort through individualized interventions
  • Facilitating family communication, relationship completion and social interaction through creative means
  • Providing alternative opportunities for processing emotions related to death, dying or bereavement
  • Facilitating avenues for spiritual expression and support

At Liberty HomeCare and Hospice, our caregivers, volunteers and chaplains utilize the power of music for hospice patients on a regular basis to bring them comfort and help them feel relaxed. Music can boost moods, lessen pain, relieve agitation and promote deeper breathing.

A recent study found hospice patients have preserved hearing towards the end of life. Even when a loved one becomes unresponsive, they may still be able to hear, making music an important element for end of life care.

To learn more about our hospice services and how our team can incorporate music into your loved one’s care, call 800-999-9883.