Singing group serenades end-of-life patients

Since 2005, a group of singers have been visiting hospices and facilitating end-of-life care through the power of song.

Wellspring, based out of Vermont, has performed more than 60 "sings" since it started the free service, the Addison County Independent reports. All the singers are volunteers and have donated a combined 457 hours and traveled approximately 1,579 miles.

Priscilla Baker is the coordinator of Wellspring and told the Independent the members of the group have varied singing experience.

"Our only requirement is that they sing from their hearts," said Baker in the article.

The service is an interesting one and may possibly provide hospice patients the very thing they need during end of life care.

In a 2001 study, it was found that music therapy can assist with communication between a family member and a patient.

Singing group serenades end-of-life patients There is also an element of release for both parties when music is incorporated into end-of-life care.

Approximately 1.4 million people received hospice care in 2007, an increase of about 100,000 from the year before. In the U.S., there are about 4,700 hospice facilities.

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