Hi Ned! Congratulations on being a Top Idea! I think you absolutely nailed the concept of the power of music in end-of-life care. Did you know there are highly-trained Board Certified Music Therapists (MT-BCs) who can implement EXACTLY what you have proposed?? Music therapists working in end-of-life care work to establish a relationship with hospice patients and their families through the creation of meaningful music experiences that can include songwriting and creating musical legacies. Music therapists can also help address bereavement issues and (if appropriate) perform patient works during memorial services. Many music therapists even have additional certification in end-of-life care, and many work with community volunteer musicians to bring additional music to patients and families who may want it.
If you are interested, check out the American Music Therapy Association (www.musictherapy.org), and the Certification Board for Music Therapists (www.cbmt.org) to find MT-BCs in your area.