In November, my hospital sent me to attend the National Seminar given by CAPC, the Center to Advance Palliative Care. My experience at the conference ended up being personally impactful. I have always felt, on an intuitive level, the profound differences between working for a hospice agency and a palliative medicine team in a hospital, since I changed treatment settings in 2008. However, attending the conference stimulated a lot of thoughts for me about the uniqueness of palliative medicine in a medical hospital and a music therapist’s role there. My impression of the music therapy end-of-life care scene is that we tend to focus on the hospice part of the greater palliative care umbrella, but there is so much more for us to know about, and so much more for us to offer. Continue reading “Introducing: Palliative Care”
One of the unintended benefits of having a child has been learning to cook and, for the first time, finding meaning in it. Cooking for my daughter has helped me come to respect its art and craft. Whereas I once valued the tasks of cooking only by the isolated products those tasks produced (e.g. a chopped carrot, simmering sauce, etc.), I came to understand these purposeful actions as choreographed movements in a much larger dance that function as an act of service representing love and nurturance.
This year’s Social Media Advocacy month is focused on VISION: We Value this endeavor, we Imagine Success in our advocacy efforts, we Invest in advocacy Opportunities Now and whenever possible. For participation in this effort, we decided to engage with each other in a discussion about our vision for music therapy and end-of-life care. Please share with us any responses you might have, and what your vision for the field may be. As always, thank you for being a part of this community