Your support will re-establish a music therapy program at the Vancouver Hospice Society that has been dormant.
Vancouver Hospice Society is an 8 bed in patient hospice that supports approximately 150 patient’s, plus family and friends annually. People stay at the hospice at end of life and are there for 3 months or less. The average length of stay is 2-3 weeks. Vancouver Hospice supports people from 19 years old and up who are living with a life threatening illness.
How does Music Therapy uniquely address the needs of clients at Vancouver Hospice?
Music therapy supports our population in many unique ways. Music therapy offers relaxation, comfort, alleviation from pain as well as sharing memories and life reflection. People at times are interested in doing a life review which can be facilitated by a music therapist in which they record memories and oral histories leaving a beautiful gift for family and friends. Song writing can also support people as they reflect and process their end of life journey. There are tremendous opportunities for legacy work in working with a music therapist.
Your support will re-establish a music therapy program at the Vancouver Hospice Society.
“The financial resources haven’t been there in previous years and we are acutely aware of the many losses our patients and families are experiencing during the pandemic. Bringing music back to VHS will support the people we serve during this difficult time.” – Sarah Cobb, Executive Director
Currently the hospice has allotted a conservative 6 hours a week, with hopes of expanding on that over time. They also plan to offer bereavement services that will incorporate the music therapist if funding is successful. Music therapy will be offered to each patient as appropriate.