Supporting Compassionate Care Through Music


Music Vigils

What happens at a music vigil?
The intention of the music vigil is that it offers a soothing presence to support the emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the patient. The trained music-thanatologist watches with a peaceful, attentive presence, and offers supportive assistance as required through the use of live music (voice and harp). This music is continually adjusted in the moment to support the complex changing needs of the patient. The cultivation of a comforting silence is an essential ingredient in the vigil also.

This cultivation of a loving presence along with skillfully played, supportive music, and the development of a comforting silence most often brings profound peace. Family members, loved ones and carers may benefit also.

"Thank you for playing for my husband and for me, your music sessions were a most precious time, and I will treasure those memories. Thank you also for playing at the funeral..your music was an important feature of it" (Name withheld)

What is required of the patient?
This music is a unique form of comfort for those facing life threatening illness and at the very end of life when death is imminent.The patient is not required to respond in any way, instead an invitation to "rest into the music" is offered in order that they need not expend any energy making new connections.

How can I request a music vigil?

Please contact:

"It is only that which cannot be expressed otherwise that is worth expressing in music" (Delius 1862-1934)

For more information contact:

The Institute of Music In Medicine
PO Box 1480
Geelong, Victoria
Australia 3220

T: + 61 3 5224 1227
M: + 61 413 881 739
9am- 5pm (Monday - Friday)