Aldridge (1998) Music Therapy in Palliative Care: New Voices

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David Aldridge. 1st Ed. Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1998.


Working together in a creative way to enhance the quality of living can help patients make sense of dying. Within the past decade, music therapists have developed their work with people who have life-threatening illnesses and with those who are dying.

Music Therapy in Palliative Care presents some of the work from music therapists working in different approaches, in different countries. They describe their experiences when working with children and adults living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. Music therapists, as clinicians, are strongly engaged with their clients: it is this intimacy which is so important for those who are suffering. In this book, the dedication of the therapist to allow and encourage personal expression in others, is reflected. It is of relevance, therefore, to all those involved in caring for the sick and the dying. While there are traditions of case presentation and musical excellence within music therapy, and a developing practice of research, the tradition of clinical writing has been neglected.


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older adults