Music-Thanatology: Music as Medicine

Death:OK (Let’s Talk About It) is a day of inspiration, information, and connection taking place October 17, 2015 on the campus of Reed College in Portland, Oregon.  As part of an ongoing series profiling our presenters, we’re pleased to introduce you to…

SacredFlight_logo1Sharilyn Cohn, presenting “Music-Thanatology: Music as Medicine.”

Physical, emotional, and existential distress can adversely impact the quality of life for people who are terminally ill or dying, and their loved ones. Music-thanatology is a palliative care modality uniting music, medicine, and spirituality to address these complex issues.

This session will address music-thanatology’s role in an interdisciplinary end-of-life care plan and provide the listener with an evidence-based approach to this discipline. The learner will be guided through the discussion using a case vignette informed by the science of this field. A harp vigil will be demonstrated and information given on access to receive this free service.

vigil2Sharilyn Cohn CM-Th, is the executive director and co-founder (in 2001) of SacredFlight, a not-for-profit music-thanatology practice serving the greater Portland area. She is also a core faculty member, mentor, and co-developer of the Lane Community College Music-Thanatology Training Program. Sharilyn has held leadership positions in Music-Thanatology Association International, been involved in published clinical research for the field, and presented the work of music-thanatology at conferences in Oregon and across the country.

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  1. Pingback: Death:OK Presenters Announced! - Death:OK. Let's talk about it. October 17, 2015.

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