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Music Therapy at the End of Life

by Cheryl Dileo, PhD, MT-BC and Joanne Loewy, DA, MT-BC


340 pages. Soft cover

Patients and their families coping with life threatning illnesses experience compelling needs in multiple domains, including the physical and instrumental, psychosocial, spiritual and economic.  Historically, these needs have been poorly addressed by a complex health care system focused on a curative model of care.  In many countries of the developed world, alternative models have evolved in an effort to provide holistic and comprehensive care that is not intended to treat the disease or its complications primarily, but rather, to relieve suffering for patients and their families, particularly at the end of life. Collectively known as "palliative care", numerous alternative models have evolved around the world and have, to greater or lesser extent, attempted integration into health care systems.

Table of Contents



Part 1: Prelude


     Russel Portenoy

Preface: Preparing for the Passage

     Joanne V. Loewy

Introduction: State of the Art

     Cheryl Dileo & Dawn Dneaster

Part II: Clinical Issues and Specialized Populations

1.  Music Therapy: Enhancing Spirituality at the End if Life

     Lucanne Magill

2.  Enhancing Quality of Life for People Diagnosed with a Terminal Illness

     Russell E. Hilliard

3.  Interfacing Music Therapy with Older Arts Modalities to Address Anticipatory Grief and Bereavement in Pediatrics

     John Mondanaro

4.  Music Therapy to Enhance Coping in Terminally Ill Adult Cancer Patients

     Suzanne B. Hanser

5.  Final Moments: The Use of Song in Relationship Completion

     Cheryl Dileo & Courtney Parker

6.  Developing Pain Management Approaches in Music Therapy with Hospitalized Children

     Jane Edwards

7.  In-Between: Music Therapy with Patients Awaiting a Heart Transplant

     Cheryl Dileo & Michael Zanders

8.  Music Therapy Approaches for Patients with Dimentia at End of Life

     Lauren Patrick & Kathleen Avins

9.  Cultural Issues in Music Therapy at End of Life

     Cheryl Dileo & Rima Starr

10.  Lift Thine Eyes: Music Used as a Transitional Element in Passage

     Joanne V. Loewry, Terry Altilio, & Margaret Dietrich

Part III: Music Therapy Methods

11.  'Love.......Actually:' Attempting to Articulate the Heart of Hospice

     Nigel Hartley

12.  Song Writing in Threatened Lives

     Clare O'Callaghan

13.  The Use of Therapist-Composed Song in End of Life

     Robert E. Kraut

14.  The Use of Lullabies as A Transient Motif in Ending Life

     Joanne V. Loewy & Andrew Stewart

15.  Living in Music

     Colin Andrew Lee

16.  Music Imaging for Persons at the End of Life

      Brian Abrams & Roseann Kasayka

17.  "Dying Alive" - A Transpersonal, Analytical Music Therapy Approach for Adults with Chronic, Progressive Neurological


     Benedikte Barth Scheiby    

18.  Devotional Music Therapy: Contemplative Vocal Music and Passage

     Silvia Nakkach

19.  The Clinical Use of Therapist's Voice and Improvisation in End of Life Care

     Nadine Elizabeth Cadesky

20.  Music Meditation in the ICU

     Mechelle Chestnut, Michelle Duncan, Sarah Gagnon & Brian Schreck

21.  Environmental Music Therapy, Life, Death and the ICU

     Steve Schneider

Part IV: Professional Issues

22.  Outward Bound: Advancing Music Therapy in Palliative Care

     Bridget Hogan

23.  The Role of Music Therapy in Care for the Caregivers of the Terminally Ill

     Kristin Stewart, Rabbi Jeffery Silberman, Joanne Loewy, Steve Schneider, Benedikte Scheiby, Amy Bobo,

     Suzannah Scott-Moncrieff, Barbara Beckford, & Deborah Salmon

24.  Ultimate Journeys: Clinical Internship in End of Life Care

     Deborah Salmon

25.  Advanced Music Training in End of Life Care

     Cheryla Dileo & Joanne Loewy

Part V: Postlude

Moments in Time    

     Susan Porchet Munro


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I am a professional Music Therapist
Craig C on Jul 31, 2012
I'm a music therapy major planning on pursuing hospice music therapy.
Jennifer H on May 31, 2012
It's part of my profession and what I love to do.
Roxanne R on Jul 9, 2012
This book was recommended by my internship supervisor as an introduction to the types of meaningful relationships that will be formed during the music therapy process
Sarah A on May 11, 2012

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