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Many people believe that hospice is about helping someone die. Hospice care providers will tell you that it is actually about helping someone live. Music therapy provides hospice patients and their families with social, spiritual, and emotional support and has been proven to help decrease pain perception. Listen to music therapist, Meredith Ferrel’s home visit with Albert, a hospice patient with lymphoma, and to the music they create together.

Produced and Edited by Lisa M. Gray

Produced by Jon Kalish

Additional Production by Kevin Huffman and Ang Santos

Music by Eyal Talmudi Quintet, Jessica Lurie, John Lee, and Koby Israelite. Courtesy of Chant Records.

Albert Young

Toby Weiss, Director of Cultural Sensitivity and Jewish Programming for MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Charla Burton, MMT, LCAT, MT-BC Music Therapist, Creative Arts Therapy Program MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Meredith Ferrel, MA, LCAT, MT-BC Music Therapist, Creative Arts Therapy Program MJHS Hospice and Palliative Care

Additional Information and Resources:

Bringing Joy and Therapy to Hospice Patients Through Jewish Music , JTA.com

9 Tips for Visiting Someone in Hospice, Kveller.com

The Surprising Thing That Helped My Mom Live Longer Than Anyone Thought She Would, Kveller.com

Judaism, Hospice & Palliative Care: Questions & Answers, MyJewishlearning.com

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