There are wonderful groups who are certifying music practitioners and music thanatologists to provide music for the dying, usually through hospice and in hospitals. It is anecdotally and scientifically well documented that palliative live music (these musicians usually play the harp) assists in easing pain and fear so that the patient has better quality of life - and of death - at the end. One organization is MTIA (Music Thanatologists International Association) whose members are from the US, Australia, and Canada. Another is Music for Healing and Transition Program, plus several other training programs in the US. Among the many hospitals using Music Thanatologists is the Catholic Hospital in Eugene, OR.
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