True religion is real living; living with all one's soul, with all one's goodness and righteousness
~ Albert Einstein
Celtic Spirituality, Music & the End of Life Journey: Ancient Roots and Modern Applications Jeanne Martin, Ph.D. and Stefana Dadas March 25, Noon
Music can be a powerful tool as people approach dying and deal with life's mysteries.This presentation will begin with a general
overview of how music is being used in hospice care in our community.It will then focus on the particular
relevance of music among ancient Celtic people, who understood the power of
music as "medicine for the heart." A specific emphasis will bethe harp as a sacred instrument in Celtic
mythology and how it applies to hospice work.We will see how music, especially the harp, was seen as a portal to the
Celtic Otherworld, the ethereal or supernatural dimension of music, and how
these teachings are relevant to the stages of the dying process. We will
discuss the mythological origins of the Celtic Anam cara, the term for soul friend for the end of life journey.
Jeanne Martin, Ph.D., mythologist/harpist, specializes in the
role of music for psychological well-being and end of life care. She is a
therapeutic harpist for the Elly Nadel Music Therapy Program at VNHC. Stefana Dadas, B.A., is a board certified music therapist
and coordinator of the Elly Nadel Music Therapy Program at VNHC.