“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” This quote from the French novelist Victor Hugo encapsulates the objective of music therapy. It has been a component of the care offered by the Coburg Caritas Hospiz Lebensraum for more than a year now.
The automotive supplier Brose is supporting the hospice’s work with a donation of €20,000 for the second time since 2018. “As a family business, we feel it’s especially important to help people at our locations worldwide. The in-patient hospice in Coburg accompanies and looks after people in extremely difficult situations, enabling them to lead the final stage of their lives with dignity. The music therapy, which is tailored individually to every resident, persuaded us to fund the hospice and specifically this project,” stated Steffen Tauss, Manager Social & Health Care at the Brose Group.
The Coburg hospice takes in people with an incurable illness and a limited time to live. Their stay there is free of charge. Specially trained staff care for and accompany patients with an incurable illness during the final stage of their lives. The hospice began offering music therapy under the direction of the therapist Gudrun Jensch in the late summer of 2018. The music sessions allow residents to forget their worries for a while, as well as providing solace and relaxation and rekindling memories. This form of therapy is based on working with singing bowls and natural instruments, which residents can also try out themselves. The goal is to impart a feeling of well-being and help remove anxiety. Jensch adapts the therapy to their personal needs and skills and current mood. The music serves to express what would otherwise mostly remain unspoken.
“The music therapy is popular and has gone down very well with our residents. We’re delighted that Caritas Hospiz Lebensraum will be well-equipped to offer it thanks to the generous donation by Brose,” stresses Managing Director Norbert Hartz.