Music-thanatology is a professional field that utilizes harp and vocal music to serve dying patients and their loved ones. During a music vigil, the music-thanatologist responds moment by moment to the patient’s needs using music in a prescriptive way.
A music vigil can help to manage symptoms and relieve suffering. It is a quiet, meditative space for dying patients and their loved ones. For some, it may provide an opportunity for the work of meaning-making at the end of life.
Looking for a Music-Thanatologist?
The Music-Thanatology Association International provides an online list of music-thanatologists. You may search by location.
Interested in joining the Music-Thanatology Association International and attending our annual conference?
Please consider attending the annual Music-Thanatology Association International conference, September 7-10, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. All are welcome to join at the Friend level and then register for the conference.
For Further Reading
Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage provides an overview of the field of music-thanatology.
The recently released book, From Behind the Harp: Music in End of Life Care, is available on Amazon.
CDs, Videos and other Resources
Music-thanatologist Gary Plouff has two CDs.
The website From Behind the Harp provides links to online videos about music-thanatology.
The Music-Thanatology Association International offers an online list of articles about music-thanatology.