Music Thanatology is the topic for second program on Spirituality for the Second Half of Life

St. Peter’s has planned a series of talks, with discussion, on challenges faced by older adults. As people age issues in life raise questions that often are not experienced in their youthful years. They may seek answers for themselves, friends, or older relatives. Understanding things such as palliative care, hospice, funeral planning, and cognitive disorders prepare us for later years. Bring your questions and thoughts—from the ordinary to the eternal meaning of life.

The next program is on Sunday, November 18th at 3:30 pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 11 White Street in Rockland. Barbara Jean O’Brien, organist and choir director at St. Peter’s and certified music thanatologist, will discuss music-thanatology. It is a music/clinical modality that unites music and medicine in end-of-life care. The music-thanatologist utilizes the harp and voice at the bedside to lovingly serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the dying and their loved ones with prescriptive music.

O’Brien will describe the effects of acoustic vibration on bodily systems and its therapeutic application for many conditions, from pain, anxiety, shortness of breath, disorientation and non-responsive conditions. She will also discuss the effects of music-thanatology not only on the person dying, but also his or her family, friends, and caregivers.

The programs in the community series are free and open to the public. Reservations are not necessary. Beverages and light snacks will be provided. For additional information contact the parish administrator at St. Peter’s at 594-8191 or see the Latest News announcements at www.stpetersrockland.org.

 

 

 

 

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