BROCKVILLE GENERAL HOSPITAL
Healthy People – Outstanding Care
Music therapy brings joy to
Palliative Care patients
BROCKVILLE – A special program at Brockville General Hospital is
touching lives during the most difficult moments.
Through the Brockville and District Hospice Palliative Care Music Therapy
Program, accredited music therapist Courtney Radbourne works with patients
during the final, difficult phase of life. Since September, she has been
working three days a week with palliative care patients in Leeds-Grenville
through the hospice palliative care program, at both sites of Brockville
General Hospital and in patients’ homes.
Radbourne brings a variety of instruments to each session, including drums
and smaller percussion instruments, a roll-up keyboard, and her own
favourite, the guitar. She performs music with the patients, and they play
and sing along. They discuss lyrics, music
– and life. Some
patients even compose their own music. She says the families occasionally
join in, and it becomes a relaxing interlude in a stressful period of life.
such a joy to work with Palliative Care patients,” she says. “It’s a moving
and amazing learning experience about life, myself and other people. The
patients have really taught me a lot and shared private and honest moments
with me. That is such a privilege and an honour.”
patients seem equally honoured to work with Ms. Radbourne. Some of their
testimonials were displayed during a benefit concert held at First
Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 4. One patient said she “never knew
she could make music” but composed a piece so beautiful that it was
performed during the concert. The patient’s name remains anonymous.
Another patient says Ms. Radbourne’s visits dispel the loneliness that often
sets in during this period, and the daughter of one patient has told her
that the music therapy session is the highlight of her mother’s week.
Radbourne says while it is very difficult when patients die, she is happy
that music provides her with a chance to make a difference to a family
during a difficult time, and “a powerful and honourable way to say goodbye.”
such a gift for me to be able to do that,” she reflects.
Music Therapy program is supported entirely through donations. The 1000
Islands Community Development Corporation was able to provide funding during
the first year, and the recent concert was one of the main fundraisers to
provide this service in its second year.
benefit concert held Wednesday was sponsored by the 1000 Islands Community
Development Corporation and included performers Healy and Orr, Iain MacNeil,
Rebekka Paige, A.J. Benoit, Melanie Morris and Dave Balfour of the band
Guthrie House, and the program’s own music therapist, Ms. Radbourne. The
emcee was Tom Janson.
Donations to the Music Therapy program can be made at the Brockville and
District Hospital Foundation office, located on the ground floor of
Brockville General Hospital’s Charles Street Site; call 613-345-4478. Donors
can specify that their funds be used to support this program.
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an accredited music therapist, uses her guitar to bring joy to palliative
care patients of Brockville General Hospital.
more information, please contact:
613-345-5649 Ext. 1-1504
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