My internship at Hospice, playing bedside for patients in need, is going very well and proving to be such meaningful service. I want to share a particular event that happened on a recent visit there. I was playing harp in the small hall directly outside the rooms of three different patients all of whom had their doors wide open to hear the harp. About 25 minutes into my playing I noticed a woman walking towards me in tears who then stopped and looked directly at me. I stopped playing to visit with her. She looked me directly in the eye and said very emphatically: ” I can’t possibly express to you what your harp playing has meant to me and my husband. He is in the final stages of dying and for the last 20 minutes he has felt calmed and soothed and greatly comforted. We were able to share some last goodbyes because of your music which has made all the difference in the world. Thank you, thank you, for all you do. You are a gift.”
I know the harp angels were definitely in full force that day as I received several more comments of thanks from patients families and staff. Including a man who came over and said that his mother had been in constant pain all morning long until she heard my harp music. She then became calm and was able to finally fall asleep for which he was very grateful.
When I got home that afternoon, I received a call from Hospice Administration saying that the woman (I wrote about in the first paragraph) had expressed great thanks to the Hospice staff for my harp playing and told how much of a difference it made. Her husband apparently died right after I left, and she was very thankful for those last peaceful moments with him.
I am sharing this because THIS is the power of the harp. I am very grateful I have achieved a level of playing to be able to successfully provide meaningful healing music. But I consider my job to now get out of the way and let the HARP do it’s magic. Which it does….so astoundingly well.
First and foremost….Thank you Christina Tourin. And thank you to those of you who helped make this all possible. It is a gift that you all give…. every time I play.
Below is a letter that Hospice Administration wrote in documentation:
Hospice of Asheville/ Solace Center
Virginia Oman is a volunteer of CarePartners Hospice Solace. She is sharing her gift of music with our patients and families as she plays the harp. Today of Sept 2, 2015 Ginny was with us to provide comfort and support. Shortly after Ginny left, a patient that has benefited from her playing died. In conversation with our staff, the wife of the patient expressed how grateful she was that during her husband’s final hours he had been comforted and calmed by the lovely harp music that Ginny offered.
Ginny assisted us in our goal of helping our patients and families with peaceful dignity.
Hospice Volunteer Services.