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Music for Journeying Home: an Indigenous View of Music and Dying - Rosella Kinoshameg

Music and MAiD (Medical Assistance in Dying) - SarahRose Black

Introduction to the UK based "Music in Care" project focusing specifically on "Soundtrack of My Life"  - John Osborne

Music in End of Life Care -Yelena Zatulovsky 

Music at End of Life - Dr. Colin Lee



5 Effects of Music at End of Life by Bev Foster
Are We Making a Difference by Sarah Pearson
An Unlikely Friendship – Bonding through Music by Rahul Kapur
Faces of Music Care Part 3: Hospice Peterborough by Bev Foster
Learning from Larry by Bev Foster
R2R Program yields encouraging results by Debbie Devitt
Remembering a Musical Steward by Sarah Pearson
Room to Room (R2R) Phase 2 by Debbie Devitt
Room to Room (R2R) Program by Bev Foster
Singing at the Threshold by Bev Foster
Webinar series kicks off With Music for Journeying Home: by Rosella Kinoshameg by Deb Bartlett
What Gord Downie’s Farewell Tour Can Teach Canadians About Palliative Care by Sarah Pearson



Berger, J. S. (2006).  Music of the soul: Composing life out of loss.  New York, NY:  Routledge

Byock, I. (1997).  Dying well:  the prospect for growth at the end of life.  New York, NY:  Riverhead Books.

Clements-Cortes, A. (2009). Episodes of relationship completion through song: Case studies of music therapy research in palliative care. Saarbrucken, GER: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Aktiengesellschaft & Co.

Clements-Cortes, A., Klinck, S.A., (2016) Voices of the Dying and Bereaved: Music Therapy Narratives

DeSpelder, L. A., & Strickland, A. L. (2002). The last dance: Encountering death and dying (6th ed). Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.

Dileo, C., & Loewy, J.V. (Eds.). (2005).  Music therapy at the end of life.  Cherry Hill, NJ:  Jeffrey Books.



Beider, S. An ethical argument for intergrated palliative care. Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, 2(2), 227-231.

Daveson, B., (2001).  Music therapy and childhood goals, methods, patient choices and control during diagnosis, intensive treatment, transplant and palliative care.  American Music Therapy Association Perspectives 19 (2)

Edwards, A., Pang, N., Shiu, V., & Chan, C. (2010). The understanding of spirituality and the potnetial role of spiritual care in end-of-life and palliative care: A meta-study of qualitative research. Palliative Medicine, 24(8), 753-770.

Herth, K. (1990). Fostering hope in terminally-ill people. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 15, 1250-1259.

Hilliard, R.E. (2003). The Effects of Music Therapy on the Quality and Length of Life of People Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer. Journal of Music Therapy, XL  (2), 113-137

Lokker, M.E., can Zuylen, L., Veerbeek, L., van der Rijt, C.C.D., & van der Heide, A. (2012). Awareness of dying: It needs words. Support Care Cancer, 20, 1227-1233.

McCormick, T.R., Hopp, F., Nelson-Becker, H., Ai, A.L., Schlueter, J.O., & Camp, J.K. (2012). Ethical and spiritual concerns near the end of life. Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, 24, 301-313.

Reed, P. (1991) Spirituality & Well-Being in Terminally Ill Hospitalized Adults.  Research in Nursing and Health. 10:335-344.

Salmon, D. (1993). Music and emotion in palliative care.  Journal of Palliative Care. 9(4):48-52.

Scheiby, B.B. (2005). Dying alive - a transpersonal analytical music therapy approach for adults with chronic, progressive neurological diseases. Pp.178-179. C. Dileo & J. Loewy (Ed.).Cherry Hill: NJ. Jeffrey Books.



Association quebecoise des soins palliatifs

British Columbia Hospice Palliative Care Association

Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association

Canadian Virtual Hospice [en]

Canadian Virtual Hospice [fr]

Chalice of Repose Project - Music Thanatology

Directory of Hospice Palliative Care Services in Canada

Dying Well

Government of Northwest Territories - Department of Health and Social Services

Government of Nunavut - Department of Health and Social Services

Government of Yukon - Department of Health and Social Services

Growth House, Inc.

Hospice and Palliative Care Manitoba

Hospice Association of Ontario

Hospice Palliative Care Association of Prince Edward Island

Life and Death Matters

Living Legacies

New Brunswick Palliative Care Association

Newfoundland & Labrador Palliative Care Association

Nova Scotia Hospice Palliative Care Association

Ontario Palliative Care Association

Palliative Care Association of Alberta

Quality of Life Matters

Saskatchewan Palliative Care Association Inc.

Society for Integrative Oncology

Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care

The Healing Cycle

The International Association of Hospice and PalliativeCare

The Pallium Project

Threshold Choir


Canadian Cancer Society

Central East Hospice Palliative Care Network

Comfort Life

Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO)

Rainbows Canada

The Breast Cancer Site

Venturing Out Beyond Our Cancer VOBOC

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