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APN's Aging Resourcefully interviews Anna Fiasca, Music Thanatologist

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Nancy E. Wolske interviews harpist and Music Thanatologist Anna Fisaca. Music-thanatology is palliative care that unites music and medicine in end of life care. The music-thanatologist brings harp and voice to the bedside, meeting fear, discomfort, and suffering with the therapeutic qualities of music. The power of music as a healing modality was clearly known to the ancients and has been practiced for centuries in the healing rites of many indigenous cultures throughout the world. Music was an integral part of the healing rituals in the ancient Greek temples dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine. Music was also used in the care of those dying in the monastery in Cluny, France starting in the 10th century. "Infirmary music" was offered as part of the ritual for those approaching death to provide comfort for the body and the soul. In the clinical environment of the modern medical setting, the warmth of living music can bring solace, dignity, and grace to those nearing the ultimate journey at the end of life. Join Nancy E. Wolkse as she discusses vigil spiritual care and programs available to families with Anna Fiasca. Helpful links for the music thanatology program in Portland http://sacredflight.org Lane College Music Thanatology Program: http://www.lanecc.edu/ce/music/Music-ThanatologyTrainingProgram.htm Music Thanatology International: http://mtai.org/ Mid-Columbia has a spiritual care/Music Thanatology Program http://mcmc.net/ Analog Blog Link here: http://adultplacementnetwork.com/content/blog-talk-radio-show-anna-fiasca