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Music-Thanatology

JourneyCare is a pioneer in applying sound to ease pain and anxiety, especially at the end of life.

What is Music-Thanatology?

When coupled with JourneyCare’s expert training, music is a powerful tool for easing pain and anxiety. Creating beautiful music with harp and voice, a certified music-thanatoligist at JourneyCare will modulate both their tempo and tone to respond to changes in a patients body, such as the slowing of pulse and breathing. This advanced, science-based music program guides patients during the transition through the final hours of life.

JourneyCare is the only hospice in Illinois with a music-thanatology program, with staff having met the rigorous standards of professional certification by the Music-Thanatology Association International. Drawing on both musical and clinical palliative care training, a JourneyCare music-thanatology expert will work in periodic vigils that alternate with silent periods for you and your loved ones to rest.

This service is offered at JourneyCare CareCenters throughout our service area. Please be sure to speak with your Care Team about setting goals and utilizing these services.

We invite you to listen to these samples: