An interesting initiative worth extending

vickylass By vickylass, 15th Mar 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2ks9gur5/
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Why music (or reading aloud) can make a seriously ill person smile and to forget about its depressing present.

An interesting initiative worth extending

These are two women that every week take their instruments to play music in a hospital and for patients that are suffering from terminal illnesses. They won't have much to live. The pain caused by their illnesses is unbearable. Tiredness, depression and stress go with their illnesses. Yet, when these women arrive in their hospital rooms, take their instruments out of their cases and start with melodies and songs, they're anguish and depression seems to vanish. They even want to sit up to stretch an arm to feel or to hug to one of the instruments.
The women may sing and play any songs, but they'll also take note of those songs that made a patient happy in the past. It may be a popular song that was played in a bar where he probably met his future wife. Or, it may be one of these songs that they heard during one of their happiest moments.
Whatever will be valid so long as it may the patient forget about its pain and the illness they're suffering from. Not by chance it is said that music grants us pleasure.
These women are putting their musical skills at the service of those who are suffering in their last stretch of their life, but there're other activities too.
Not everyone can sing or play musical instruments, but all of us have records, tapes or CD's and we'll do well to play them to these relatives or close friends who are suffering from devastating illnesses. We can play for them these songs or melodies that made them the happiest at some stage of their lives and they'll make them to recall the happy times in their lives rather than thinking of their depressing present.
Reading them aloud can also help them. Everyone loves hearing a good story and while one's engrossed on listening to such a story, one will most probably not think of its illness.
Music and reading aloud go together when it comes to make someone's last days more bearable and to get them to have a smile on their faces as well as happy thoughts

(C) Copyright. Vicky Pino. March 15th 2015.

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author avatar Yvette van Niekerk
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Vicky an excellent article, I also enjoy listening to music and I love to read out loud. I don't have a job right now and when I am done with house work I sit and read out loud.

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author avatar vickylass
15th Mar 2015 (#)

I don't have a stable job either, but striving for it. However, we can also use some of our free time to do voluntary work in this way. Don't they say that by helping others we do help ourselves? I truly think so.

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author avatar BiristerSharma
15th Mar 2015 (#)

Really song and music played a vital role in our life. without song and music can anybody think about life. How dull and ugly it would be! I appreciate you for sharing this Vickylass.

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author avatar vickylass
15th Mar 2015 (#)

But this wasn't just to praise the importance of music (or reading aloud) in general, but on how good it is for someone's suffering from a devastating illness. This is what I wanted to emphasize.

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author avatar Retired
15th Mar 2015 (#)

I agree, I think music and reading aloud can be very helpful. I enjoy doing both.

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