The use of music therapy in children's hospices is burgeoning. This moving and extremely helpful text brings together the experiences of eleven music therapists working with children who are in the final stages of life-limiting illness. The contributors discuss the adaptation of the therapy to the hospice environment and to the individual needs of the patient. They explore the key concerns of all practitioners in this field such as how to empower the patient, how to help bereaved siblings and how the therapists themselves can find support. The volume takes a holistic approach to children's hospices with chapters on involving family and staff in sessions and the creation of a music community. This text is essential reading for all music therapists working in palliative care and for health care professionals considering introducing music as a therapy.
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Foreword, Victoria Wood. Introduction, Mercédès Pavlicevic.
1. ‘When I Grow Up', Lesley Schatzberger.
2. Beginnings of Music Therapy in Our Hospice, Cathy Ibberson..
3. Music and Medicine: Music Therapy within Medical Setting, Catherine Sweeney-Brown.
4. A Creative Response to Loss: Developing a Music Therapy Group for Bereaved Siblings, Jane Mayhew.
5. Brief Encounters, Ceridwen Rees.
6. ‘A Bohemian Rhapsody': Using Music Technology to Fulfil the Aspirations of Teenage Lads with Muscular Dystrophy, Neil Eaves.
7. The Open Music Therapy Group Session, Brigitte Schwarting.
8. Living Community: Music Therapy with Children and Adults in a Hospice Setting, Graeme Davis.
9. ‘This Musical Life': T? Hafan Children's Hospice – A Place for Living, Diane Wilkinson.
10. From Hospice to Home: Music Therapy Outreach, Kathryn Nall and Elinor Everitt.
11. Needing Support: A Therapist's Perspective, Gill Cubitt. Before We Conclude, Mercédès Pavlicevic. Conclusion: Working Together in Music Therapy, Chris Stratton and Jane Mayhew. List of Contributors. Index.