College Student Uses Music Therapy To Help Dying Patients

A HealthDay News article details how a University of Alabama student is using her voice and guitar to comfort dying patients in hospice.

“I want to be with people when they need someone to provide them with some type of comfort,” Pitts said. She recently played for an older woman who was just hours from death. Gradually, the woman’s breathing began to slow. Her family gathered around to say their goodbyes. “The family later said hearing the songs she liked made things a little bit better.”

Her mentor, Andrea Cevasco, an assistant professor of music at the University of Alabama, was impressed with Pitts’ willingness to tackle such a challenging and potentially emotionally wrought assignment.

“As an undergrad myself, I never pictured myself doing any kind of hospice work,” Cevasco said. “Personally, I wasn’t ready to deal with death and dying as an 18- to 22-year-old.”

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