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In perfect harmony

Hospice in the Weald has been offering music therapy for many years now. Part of Living Well, music is high on the agenda when it comes to both patients and carers alike, presenting opportunities for creative expression, connection and improved well-being.

Hannah playing the ukulele in Living Well

Hannah Bruce began working at the Hospice in 2016 as a Creative Musician. She has gone from strength to strength, masterminding interactive music groups and creating an eclectic musical programme that includes song writing, poetry, performances and a choir. She also recently completed a three-year Music Therapy Master’s Degree from the University of Roehampton.

“Music has always been a passion for me and to be able to share this with Hospice patients and friends and family is such a pleasure,” says Hannah.

“Music has the power to transform people’s mood and is an incredible form of therapy.

The thing I love about music is that it is so diverse and emotive. It’s something everyone can participate in, even complete beginners or those who don’t think that they can sing or play an instrument can take part. To foster joy and connection through music is a privilege and I’m thrilled to be utilising my Master’s to expand the programme.”

Stuart with his two bikes in the garden

A fun, creative way to reach new goals

“Before being diagnosed with cancer I was a keen cyclist and volunteered for the Hospice. I didn’t realise that one day, I would need the help of the Hospice myself. My doctor advised me to stop cycling to avoid injury, so I joined the choir and musical expression group. When I was young, I played guitar. I’ve always had a passion for music – my wife, Jackie and I enjoy singing. It’s an opportunity to have fun, make friends and reach new goals. I’m developing skills and giving myself a creative output – just the interaction with others helps me to feel better.” Stuart

Music therapy is a clinical practice that offers a safe space where patients and therapist can use music to explore thoughts, feelings, and emotions. It’s designed to improve overall wellbeing and quality of life.

Hannah explains: “Through music, I find many ways to help patients with therapeutic goals, legacy work and memory projects. With further neurological training, I hope to support those with more physical needs by working with the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Team.

People can come to relax, make friends and tap into their creativity. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing our music sessions are providing inspiration, giving joy and supporting patients and loved ones when they need it most”.

Frances singing with the Community Choir

The choir has brought back my confidence

“I found that after Richard, my husband, passed away, my life went on, but my social life was a little quiet. I became a Hospice volunteer, helping whenever I could and was delighted to hear that the Hospice was starting a choir. I enjoy the choir so much. I’ve met new people and made friends and it’s brought back my confidence. It’s such a happy place, even for those dealing with bereavement. We have many events to raise funds such as carol services and Light up a Life. I’m very proud to be part of the choir and we welcome anyone.” Frances

Hospice choir rehearsing in Living Well.

Creative Music at Hospice in the Weald

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