Music Therapy

Music Therapy

“What a special gift Hospice has given me, to be able to have music again.”

~ Treasure Coast Hospice Patient

What is Music Therapy?

According to the American Music Therapy Association, “music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program.”

Music Therapy and Hospice Care  

Music therapy is one of the complementary therapies that Treasure Coast Hospice offers to improve the quality of life for patients and families.  Music therapists use music to address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of patients. For hospice patients and their caregivers, music therapy can help:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Manage stress
  • Reduce anxiety
  • Express feelings
  • Enhance memory
  • Improve motor skills
  • Foster communication
  • Provide a framework for legacy projects

What Will Music Therapy Look Like for My Loved One?  

Music therapy has proven to be an effective treatment during the end of life. After meeting with a patient and/or the family, our music therapist will develop an individualized plan of care that may incorporate any of the following approaches:

  • Life review and reminiscence
  • Listening and/or singing to music
  • Music-guided relaxation techniques
  • Creative songwriting and self-expression
  • Legacy projects and recordings
  • Playing instruments
  • Analyzing lyrics

Meet our Music Therapist

Board-certified music therapist Elizabeth Lung brings extensive education and training to support the unique needs of our hospice patients and families. 

Listen below to a few of the songs used in our music therapy program.