Soothing the soul

LIHUE — Jeffrey Pears believes in the healing power of music.

That’s why he is summoning singers and instrumentalists to take part in Kauai Hospice’s new transitional music program.

“This is an adjunct therapy that has been proven across the nation with other hospices,” the transitional music program coordinator said. “It benefits families and their loved ones. It serves a person on a holistic level; mind, body and spirit.”

The program will consist of volunteers who will provide soothing, contemplative music to comfort individuals during transitions of healing, recovery, palliation and/or death.

Kauai Hospice is looking for instrumentalists who play the guitar, ukulele, violin and more in addition to singers. Choir members and musicians will perform in nursing homes, hospitals, churches, synagogues and other venues where healing and comfort is needed.

“Music can help soothe the soul,” Pears said.

Other choirs have also used transitional music including Hallowell Singers, Threshold Choir and the Chalice of Repose Project to heal the sick and comfort the dying.

Kauai Hospice Music Committee member Bob Smith, choral director Cathleen Dahill and Kauai Hospice volunteer Sharon West will be leading the singers.

Kauai Hospice will have their first screening for the program from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 1 and a second screening on Aug. 3.

Hospice volunteer training is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at Kauai Hospice.

The program will launch in the fall.

Those who wish to volunteer may call Kauai Hospice.

“I feel excited,” Pears said. “I feel honored and humbled.”

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