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Music Therapy for Hospice Care and Bereavement

Discover the benefits of music therapy for hospice and bereavement and how to bring a music therapist to your facility in Toronto & beyond.

What is Music Therapy?

Music therapy is a broad, scientifically proven practice that uses music to address people's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs. It’s led by certified music therapists who employ musical elements such as rhythm, melody, and harmony to help patients achieve their therapeutic goals. Unlike traditional music education, the purpose of music therapy is to use music as a tool for rehabilitation and personal development rather than to transfer musical knowledge.

Our team of creative arts therapists are highly passionate about working in hospice and palliative care settings to support both individuals at the end of life and their families through grief and bereavement. 

Goals that can be addressed in hospice care settings include: 

  • Reducing anxiety

  • Promoting relaxation, comfort, and pain management

  • Life review

  • Supporting relationship and family dynamics

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Our Approach to Music Therapy

Music therapists harness the power of the therapeutic relationship and engaging music experiences, such as singing, songwriting, improvisation, and listening interventions, to empower clients in achieving their unique goals. These objectives span a wide spectrum, encompassing the enhancement of self-esteem, refinement of social and communication skills, exploration of interpersonal relationships, and much more.

Music therapy's benefits are accessible to individuals of all ages and diverse needs, including but not limited to:

  • Older adults living with a dementia diagnosis

  • Adults and children with disabilities

  • Adults navigating mental health challenges

Our certified music therapists always commence with a thorough assessment to determine the suitability and potential benefits of music therapy for each client.

Benefits of Music Therapy for Hospice Care & Bereavement

  • Stress Reduction: Music has a soothing effect and lowers stress hormones, helping individuals manage stress and anxiety.

  • Emotional Release: Music provides a non-verbal outlet for processing and expressing emotions.

  • Cognitive Enhancement: Listening to music can boost memory, attention, and problem-solving abilities, particularly for those with neurological issues.

  • Pain Management: Music eases pain and discomfort during medical procedures and rehabilitation.

  • Improved Communication: Music therapy encourages social interaction and better communication, fostering stronger relationships and social skills.

An ampty hospice bed with medication and a water drug on a shelf on the wall. Music therapy for hospice care and bereavement can be held bed side of patients.

How Our Process Works


Book Your Free Consultation

In our 15-minute consultation, we'll work together to figure out your home and residents' needs. We'll also take a look at what resources and spaces are available as well as which of our avaialble packages can suit your needs. This helps us set clear goals and work within your budget.


Find the Right Music Therapist 

All of our certified music therapists are experienced with older adults and long-term care. We'll help you connect with one of our available team members who can visit your home and aligns with your needs. We'll collaborate to design a tailored program, schedule sessions, and create a comfortable setting in your facility.


Implement and Monitor the Program

As we roll out the program, we'll keep an eye on the impact it has on your residents. We'll adjust things as needed based on their feedback and the results we see, ensuring that the music therapy program we've put in place enhances their quality of life.

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Image of Miya Adout, a certified music therapist that created MIYA Creative Care. They offer music therapy, art therapy, and dance/movement therapy to long-term care homes, hospice care, bereavement, disability services, special needs,  and more.

Miya Adout

Founder & Director of MCC,

Music Therapist

All our certified music therapists have earned Bachelor's or Master's degrees in Music Therapy from CAMT-approved universities, which entail the completion of a 1000-hour supervised internship.

Our team of music therapists brings a diverse range of experiences, with some members holding additional certifications and designations, such as Registered Psychotherapist and Neurologic Music Therapy.


Discover your perfect package! Our customized care partnerships offer a certified music therapist, in-service for your team, individual and group sessions, documentation, and specialized programs. 


Weekly group sessions.


Group sessions, 1 to 1 sessions, and documentation. 

Full-Day +

Group, 1 to 1, specialty programs, documentation and more. 

More About MCC

  • How can our organization get started with a care partnership with MIYA Creative Care?
    Initiating a care partnership with MIYA Creative Care is simple and seamless. Reach out to our team through the contact information provided on our website, and we will schedule a consultation to discuss your organization's specific needs, goals, and preferences. Together, we will design a creative arts therapy program that aligns with your vision and enhances the well-being of your residents or patients. We always begin partnerships with an in-service presentation for your team, a referral form, and ensuring clarity along the way.
  • How does MIYA Creative Care ensure that its therapists integrate as part of our care team?
    At MIYA Creative Care, we ensure that our therapists seamlessly integrate as part of your care team by selecting individuals who align with your values and specific needs. Through open communication and collaboration, our therapists become an integral part of your organization, fostering a cohesive approach to care. Each of our therapists is assigned a Clinical Lead who helps to guide them and provide support, sometimes visiting on-site. Moreover, we encourage our therapists can take part in your team's care meetings, documentation and collaborative events. Our referral system and experience with documentation help to provide clear communication tools with the greater care team.
  • How can creative arts therapies benefit residents and patients in various settings?
    Music therapy, art therapy and dance/movement therapy have been shown to have profound positive effects on individuals in care settings. These therapies can help reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety, and depression while fostering a sense of community and self-expression. Engaging in music, art, and movement therapy can also stimulate cognitive function, reduce challenging behaviours and provide an avenue for emotional release and processing.
  • What types of creative arts therapies does MIYA Creative Care offer through its care partnerships?
    At MIYA Creative Care, our care partnerships include a range of creative arts therapies, such as music therapy, art therapy, and dance-movement therapy. Our team of certified therapists are well-versed in integrating these modalities to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of individuals in care settings.

What Our Clients Have to Say

Rebecca P.

"I was looking for a music therapist to come to our home to support our residents. I found out about MIYA on google and from other co-workers. Connecting with Miya was easy and professional. I was so excited when we got match with Jack. He is professional and all of our residents enjoy his company. Thank you so much for supporting our residents!"

Bring Music Therapy to Your Community

Connecting with a certified music therapist is essential when embarking on your music therapy journey. MIYA Creative Care is dedicated to supporting you and your community through music. Connect with us today to learn more about the therapeutic advantages of working with a music therapist.

Looking for individual psychotherapy?

Our sister site offers online psychotherapy services by our dual-certified creative arts therapists and psychotherapists.

No previous experience with the arts is required. 

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