New York Times: Music in Times of Loss

From Chris Sikora at the New York Times:

If we’re going to survive this pandemic we need music, more than ever. There is nothing else that can meet us in our heartbreak, elevate our spirits, move us to laughter and let us dream in the way that music can….

As a hospice chaplain and former intensive care unit and palliative care chaplain, I’ve been at the bedsides of the dying for many years, with music often holding the space when all else has failed. The deepest sense of transcendence I’ve encountered has been at the times spent listening to the music families put on as they hold vigil.”

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