Supporting Relationships and Facilitating Grieving Through the Bonny Method in Palliative Care – Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MT-BC, MTA, Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery

Participants will be provided with a brief overview of the Bonny Method; and learn about the Bonny Method combined with traditional music therapy, to support relationships and facilitate grieving. Based on the author’s recent thematic analysis, this case is an example of the following emergent themes in palliative care music therapy: 1) Physical: Music Therapy as Effective Symptom Management; 2) Psychosocial: Strengthening Self Identity, Emotional Expression and Grieving, Supporting Relationships and Relationship Completion; and 3) Spiritual and Whole-Person Care: Music Therapy as a Spiritual/Transpersonal or Growth Experience, Life Review and Legacy Creation and Music Therapy to Enhance Quality of Life.

Amy Clements-Cortes, PhD, RP, MT-BC, MTA, Neurologic Music Therapist-Fellow, Fellow of the Association for Music and Imagery

Assistant Professor, MaHRC, University of Toronto; Instructor and Supervisor, Wilfrid Laurier University & Ryerson; Music Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist. Amy is Past-President of the WFMT, and Managing Editor: Music and Medicine journal. She has multiple peer reviewed publications, including her new 2016 book: “Voices of the Dying and Bereaved.”

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