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Music-Thanatology and music therapy are closely related and serve a similar purpose - the systematic application of music to engage and support life processes and produce deep relaxation in the patient, which in turn, contributes greatly to the alleviation of physiological and emotional pain.

Music therapy however is defined as a behavioral science. The use of music in a therapeutic application presupposes a reserve of patient energy; it engages interaction, participation, or response from the attentive client, either from within controlled listening environments or by music- making activities.

Music-Thanatology is rooted in palliative medicine. In its clinical focus, it includes all of the characteristics of music therapy, but differs from it as it is
concerned solely with addressing the complex needs of the dying. The dying person is often weakened, sometimes even comatose, and should not be expected to "spend" energy making new connections.

and is a distinguished musician-clinician with over 100 scholarly publications in musicology, monastic medicine, Music-Thanatology, contemplative musicianship, and the woman mystics of the 13th and 20th centuries. She is the founder of the palliative medical field of Music-Thanatology.

We encourage you to become familiar with Theresa's work and the Chalice of Repose project. Google.com is an excellent search engine listing articles about her work.

Links to other sources:

Chalice of Repose Website

St. Patricks Hospital

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In Music-Thanatology the patient only receives, and in this vulnerable passage becomes a chalice and is anointed with very specific music, sound, or tonal substance.

Therese Schroeder-Sheker has gifted many with what must be considered a truly exhaulted art of music for healing. As a composer, harpist and singer Therese maintains dual careers in music and medicine. She is an international concert and recording artist, made her Carnegie hall debut in 1980,