Journal article

Bereaved Parents' Experiences of Music Therapy with their Terminally III Child

Kathryn J Lindenfelser, Denise Grocke, Katrina McFerran

JOURNAL OF MUSIC THERAPY | NATL ASSOC MUSIC THERAPY INC | Published : 2008

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate bereaved parents' experiences of music therapy with their terminally ill child. In-depth interviews were conducted with 7 bereaved parents who were recruited through a community-based palliative care program. The parent participants' experiences varied as their children who received music therapy ranged in ages from 5 months to 12 years old. The interview transcripts were analyzed using phenomenological strategies. Five global themes emerged from the analysis. These included (a) music therapy was valued as a means of altering the child's and family's perception of their situation in the midst of adversity, (b) music therapy was a significant compo..

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