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.
You may wish to attend the annual Music-Thanatology Association International conference, held annually in the fall. All are welcome to join at the Friend level and then register for the conference.
Music-thanatologist Gary Plouff has two CDs.