MUSIC AT THE END OF LIFE IS A MUSIC HOSPICE PROGRAM DESIGNED TO CREATE MEANING AT THE END OF LIFE WHILE AT THE SAME TIME BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN THE DYING/DEAD AND THE LIVING, USING MUSIC TO ACCOMPANY THE END OF LIFE WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY CREATING A MUSICAL LEGACY TO SHARE WITH THE WORLD.
Local musicians will be made available to local hospice, pairing patients with artists. These musicians will meet regularly with the patients to visit, talk and play music for them and their communities. In an ongoing exploratory conversation with SF-based Zen Hospice Project, the option of training designed specifically for musicians involved in this project, with the ultimate intention of a fully realized program from start to finish, is being considered. A talk with Bay Area's Hospice by the Bay offered the possibility of pairing volunteers or nurses for musician visits in lieu of requiring full hospice volunteer training.
During these visits, the musicians will get to know patients by talking with them and their community, ultimately creating original songs to present to these people, whether privately and/or for their communities.
Regularly, local live concerts will be held for the dying, the dead and their communities, where musicians participating in the project will perform their original work in honor of those we're losing or have lost. These concerts will raise money to put back into the project, the hospice programs that care for the patients and the artists. As an additional fundraiser opportunity, the songs will be recorded and compiled for online download, with all proceeds going to the project, artists, hospice and maybe even families of the dead and dying who may be in need of financial support. The You're Going to Die live events series currently has the monthly venue and audience attendance to showcase the artists work.
The bigger goal is to help create meaning during a time when meaning-making is most difficult. The intention is to help further bridge the gap between the living [the majority of us who aren't confronted by death and dying on a daily basis] and the dying, in inspiring, powerful ways, through sharing the music and the stories of these musicians and their patients with the world. The project's focus is to have our dead and dying treated as we hope to be. How can you face your own inevitable death in a culture where the dying and dead aren't honored powerfully, publicly, or indefinitely?
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