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Cedar Valley Hospice Music Therapist Rachel Johnson works with children at the 2014 summer grief camp.

Music Therapy at Cedar Valley Hospice

Cedar Valley Hospice offers a variety of unique services to patients and families. Music therapy is one of these services. The use of music is beneficial and meaningful to all patients regardless of age, sex, background, musical preference or diagnosis. Music therapy has also been shown to be very effective for hospice patients by reducing anxiety, providing relaxation and helping with pain control.

Because music therapy is a service that is not reimbursed by government funding, Cedar Valley Hospice relies on donations to offer this service to patients and their families. Every patient is offered the ability to receive music therapy with the opportunities to choose specific goals to improve their overall quality of life and hospice experience.

There are currently 58 patients at Cedar Valley Hospice receiving music therapy visits. Each week, there are 35-40 music therapy visits offered in all of our site areas and locations. Visits are offered wherever the patient calls home (nursing homes, patient homes, hospitals and the Cedar Valley Hospice Home). All patients at the Hospice Home are offered a music therapy visit 1-2 times per week. In 2014, 429 patients at Cedar Valley Hospice received music therapy visits.

Music therapy plays an important role at Cedar Valley Hospice because music is something nearly everyone can relate to in some way. For those who are grieving, music can help bring back positive memories of their loved ones. This past summer, Cedar Valley Hospice held its first children’s grief camp and the campers were able to write their own verses to a song that included memories they shared with their loved ones.

Choosing to participate in music therapy allows patients the opportunity to make choices like what style of music is played, how many songs are played, how long a session is and so much more.

“In a situation where patients have very little control over so many decisions – it is a blessing to be able to provide one thing they still have a chance to control,” Cedar Valley Hospice Music Therapist Rachel Johnson, said. “I feel so honored to be able to provide music in a way that truly meets the Cedar Valley Hospice mission of Making Each Moment Matter.” For more information on music therapy at Cedar Valley Hospice, call 319.272.2002 or visit