Music has a unique ability to elicit a whole range of powerful emotional responses in people. Throughout history, human beings have compose, performed, and incorporated music into funeral and last rites ceremonies, grief and mourning rituals, and celebrations and remembrances of life. When employed properly, or indeed, even accidentally, music thus has the ability to help a person work through grief and to transcend feelings of loss and pain. Thus the integration of music therapy into grief counseling work would seem a natural progression. In Music of the Soul, Dr. Berger guides the reader through principles, techniques, and exercises for incorporating music into grief counseling, with the end goal of further empowering the grieving person. This interdisciplinary text draws in equal parts from contemporary grief/loss theory, music therapy research, historical examples of powerful music, case studies, and self-reflecting and teaching exercises.
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Preface. Music of the Soul - Composing Life Out of Loss. It¿s About Life. Music of the Soul Terminology and Metaphors. Composing Life in the Midst of Loss. Rhythms of Body and Soul. Rhythms of Body and Soul. Body Rhythms. Soul Rhythms. Pausing and Pacing and Pushing On. Signals for Action (or Rest). Music for Pain Relief: Body and Soul. Rhythms of the Soul for Being in and Moving through Loss. Music for Grief¿s Seasons of the Soul. There is a Time. Themes and Counterthemes of Life Stories. Life-stories Stirred by Sounds. Themes and Counterthemes. Diminishing Dementia: Relating with Memories through Music. Your Life-story¿s Tunes and Tales. Harmonies and Dissonances of Healing. Life¿s Harmonic Progressions. Life¿s Dissonant Changes. Healing Grief: Hearing its Dissonances and Harmonies. Healing and Wellness. Styles of Doing and Being. Know Your Styles for Doing Life. Music as a Catalyst for Being in Loss More Fully. Music Moment: A Doing and Being Commemoration. Expressions of Self and Community. Ricky¿s Rhyme for this Time. Music¿s Expressive Powers. Personal Expressions: Children and Teens. Community Expressions. Global Expressions. Ode to Expressions of the Soul. The Final Cadence. Music of the Soul at Life¿s End. Final Cadence Endings. More Final Cadences. Music with the Dying. Core Principles: Care, Ownership, Respect, Empowerment. Physical, Psychosocial, and Spiritual Care. Final Moments. Composing Life Out of Loss. Life¿s Endings and Beginnings ¿ Life¿s Mourning and Morning. Music of Morning. Music of the Soul for Composing Life Out of Loss. Appendix A: Through the Ages: A Timeline of Western Grief Music. Appendix B: My Music Menu. Appendix C: Keyboard Quality of Life: "Highs" and "Lows." Appendix D: My Do-Be-Do-Be¿s. Appendix E: CORE Principles (Being) and HEALing Techniques (Doing). Teaching Guides. Books and Articles. Scores, Recordings and Videos.
Joy S. Berger, DMA, BCC, MT-BC, is presently administrative director for the Hospice Institute in Louisville, Kentucky, the education and research division of the Alliance of Community Hospices and Palliative Care Services. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Louisville, Department of Music Therapy, and recipient of the National Heart of Hospice Award (2002) from the National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization. She is a musician and is board certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and by the Certification Board for Music Therapists.