“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the
earliest times, and to the latest.”
Henry David Thoreau
Music has powers we’re just beginning to understand; power to move, to uplift, and to heal. It can reach into a troubled mind, or one dimmed by dementia; it can bring comfort and peace to us struggling with the end of life, whether we’re listening to it or performing it.
Nebraska Choir Sings for Hospice Patients
“The group, known as the Hastings Hospice Choir, came together last fall and for the past few months has been singing to individuals on hospice care in the Hastings area, the Hastings Tribune reported.
It all started after Hastings music teacher Tom Michalek brought in a couple of clinicians last spring who had started a similar choir in their Vermont hometown.
Michalek said the idea intrigued him but he didn't think much more about it. Then his own father was on hospice care, and Michalek said it all in a different way.
"I got to see and know some of these folks and the care and love they bring to the work they do," he said of the hospice staff.
Soon, Michalek said, he began to think again about the idea of a hospice choir, and last fall he put out a call to anyone interested and had more than 50 people at the initial meeting.’
'Music is a prayer': Minnesota woman finds her voice in hospice
“Blume was first diagnosed with cancer when she was 26. She's 41 now and could be facing her final few months of life. But she's living as creatively as possible and putting her life experiences to song.
“"It's important to me. Music is a prayer," Blume said.
Blume entered hospice in June of last year at Allina Health Home Care and Hospice Services of Owatonna, Minn. There, she met music therapist Haylee Brown.
Blume and Brown started by exploring some Christian rock music, which Blume really likes. One day, she showed the music therapist a big notebook filled with prose and poetry she'd been writing.
"She pulled out this piece called 'Wait for Me,' and I said maybe this is more of a song instead of just a piece," Brown said. "And it all just happened so fast ... kind of like you know it was all meant to be, it was all there."”