How can music therapy help adults in hospice or palliative care?

Music therapy can :

Increase familial connection - prevent feelings of distance or loss in relationship

Provide validation and emotional support - decrease anxiety, fear, & anticipatory grief for patient and family members

Support healthy emotional expression - reduce retraction, repression, & depression

Empower through opportunities for autonomy - eliminate "loss of control" or "loss of self"

Promote natural healing, wellness, & growth - decrease use of expensive pharmacological drugs

Facilitate life review & reminiscence - provide space to appropriately work through the psychological processes within end-of-life

Develop legacy projects - provide patients the opportunity to tell their story, & provide families a legacy to remember their loved one by

Provide the opportunity to have the most meaningful, supportive, & comfortable end-of-life experience as possible

for the patient, their families, & their loved ones

Promote the highest quality of life

What could music therapy services look like at your agency?

Music therapy services could look like:

  • Individual or family-based sessions, weekly or biweekly

  • Support for the actively dying upon request

  • Bereavement support groups

  • Participation in IDT meetings

  • Performances for funerals upon request

  • Performances, or music planning, for agency events

How can Marigold benefit your hospice & palliative care agency?

Marigold can help your agency:

Rank above competitors 

by advertising your agency's effective & successful music therapy services 

Decrease spending

on pharmacological drugs & costly pain medications

Create an enviable work-environment

by promoting agency morale & increasing employee retention rates

Provide exceptional care  

by providing evidence-based, humanistic, strength-focused music therapy

Leave a lasting, meaningful impact

on the individuals, families, and communities that you serve

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Why utilize a Board-Certified Music Therapist?

rather than a volunteer musician?

Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC's) have specialized training in working within hospice and palliative care.

- MT-BC's utilize music to achieve non-musical goals, like promoting life review & reminiscence, or decreasing anxiety/fear surrounding end-of-life.

- MT-BC's are trained on how to safely process difficult emotions, like anticipatory grief or trauma, that can be easily triggered by music.

- MT-BC's understand the varying processes and stages of end-of-life, & design their music interventions on evidence-based research to address individualized needs.


Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC's) design their sessions on evidence-based research.

- MT-BC's actively engage participants in clinical music interventions, rather than provide a passive performance.

- MT-BC's utilize person-preferred music rather than playing music that they personally enjoy, or music that they assume participants will like.

- MT-BC's are required to engage in continuing education to keep their practice current, ethical, and as effective as possible.  


Board-Certified Music Therapists (MT-BC's) can strengthen your existing programs.

- MT-BC's can provide inservices to educate clinicians & CNA's on how to best utilize music within their practices.

- MT-BC's can help train volunteer musicians on some basic therapeutic music techniques/ how to appropriately & safely use music within end-of-life care.

- MT-BC's can make clinical decisions regarding wh0 could benefit from a volunteer, versus who would more greatly benefit from music therapy. 


Have more questions about the role of a Board Certified Music Therapist? Visit : https://www.musictherapy.org/about/therapists/