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Continuing Education

The Use of Palliative Music Practice in End of Life Care

Date: 11:30am - 1:30pm PDT October 4, 2018 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Music-thanatology is a professional field within the broader sub-specialty of palliative care, uniting music and medicine as a clinical modality for end of life care.

A music-thanatologist utilizes both harp and voice at one’s bedside to serve the physical, emotional and spiritual need of the dying — and their loved ones — with prescriptive music.

This presentation will cover the history of the music use in medicine; music and physiology; prescriptive music; a music vigil demonstration, and more.

Following the presentation, participants will:

  • Understand the practice of music-thanatology and the training involved.
  • Be able to describe what prescriptive music is.
  • Have a basic understanding of the relationship between music and physiology.
  • Have a basic understanding of the prescriptive thinking process used by music-thanatologists.

NW Association for Death Education & Bereavement Support is a nonprofit organization that exists to promote quality death education and bereavement support for professionals and the greater community. 

Course Details & Registration

Date & Time: Thursday, October 4, 2018, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The workshop will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m., end at 1 p.m., with networking from 1-1:30 p.m.

Instructor: Barbara Cabot, CM-Th, and Sharilyn Cohn, CM-Th, Sacred Flight

Noncredit: $30, includes 2 CEUs or PDUs.

Northwest Association for Death Education and Bereavement Support Members: Free. 2 CEUs or PDUs available for $15. View NWADEBS membership information

Students and L&C Staff: Free (Contact to register)
Student and Staff spots are limited. Early registration is recommended

Advance registration is preferred, however, walk-in registrations will be accepted. Payment can be made by credit card or check.

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Presenters

Barbara Cabot, CM-Th, holds a bachelor’s degree in History and English from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York. Prior to becoming a music-thanatologist, she worked in banking as an internal auditor. In 1996, Barbara learned about music-thanatology on ABC Nightline, and moved to Montana in 1998 to attend the Chalice of Repose Project’s School of Music-Thanatology. Barbara is a co-founder of SacredFlight, Treasurer for the professional association, Music-Thanatology Association International (, and was actively involved in the Music-Thanatology Training Program at Lane Community College.

Sharilyn Cohn, CM-Th, learned about music-thanatology watching an ABC Nightline program, and in 1998 moved to Montana for two years to learn her new vocation. Sharilyn is co-founder and Executive Director of SacredFlight. She has served as vice-president, conference chair, and on several committees for Music-Thanatology Association International where she helped establish the standards and competencies for certification. Sharilyn has offered presentations on music-thanatology at conferences nationwide and was co-founder and a core faculty member of the Music-Thanatology Training Program at Lane Community College.


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