May 20- June 32018
Return to Sunflower House, 10 year anniversary; for caregiver training in the use of music, scent, and touch for relieving pain and other symptoms with children who have a shortened lifespan. Spending time with Joan Marston, a pioneer in the development of children's hospice programs. Along with attending the 3rd Annual ICPCN Conference in Durban
Peri-natal loss training and support in a country with a high infant mortality rate.
A group of deaf children experiencing music through touch and vision. This scene is repeated several times as we made visits to orphanages and schools to bring the art and healing properties of music. Our lives were touched by the intense gratitude the children and the staff for what we did. Several musical techniques were taught to doctors, social workers, and therapists to demonstrate the benefits music has on healing the mind, body, and spirit. Music played a role in the progress Gabrielle Giffords made in her recovery. Music is a universal theme that unites all who listen.
Honduras Caregiver Training Retreat
Close to 100 caregivers, from doctors to family members, engaging in music making using simple instruments they made. A caregiver training workbook was specifically designed for the Honduran audience. Music, aromatherapy, and art techniques were part of the experience. Discussion sections and individual exercises are part of the workbook. Caregivers had eight hours of training in how to manage their stress and find balance in their lives while taking care of very sick people. Instruction was included on sharing the techniques as part of patient care and to encourage their coworkers.