The Front Porch is deeply honored to launch a partnership with Hospice of the Piedmont. Since the beginning of this year, we’ve been sending musicians to play for Hospice patients, their family members, and caregivers at The Linden House Assisted Living and The Blake. Our goal is that music will provide warmth, peace, and connection during end of life care.
Music is powerful, especially in the way it impacts our brain. We know that music can have a transformative impact on our mood, emotions, and memory. It becomes even more powerful if brain function is declining. Music can awaken parts of the brain and the rich trove of memories that are associated with familiar songs or beloved pieces. It will anchor and ground someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s. And it can provide comfort and peace to those nearing the end of their lives. Read more about power of music in our blog post.
We hope to unlock this power for our friends at Hospice.
When I sang “This Little Light Of Mine,” the entire staff was up and dancing, singing, and clapping. Some of the residents joined in the dancing. It was as if time stopped for us to all share this magical and musical moment. The patient was delighted, as she loves enjoying music in a social setting.
-Clara George, Front Porch Musician
Husband and wife were relaxing in their apartment. Their son was visiting and we all sang together. At the end of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” the husband looked to the wife and said, “You’re my sweetheart.” And when we sang it a second time, they held hands and looked into each other’s eyes and sang every word.
– Clara George, Front Porch Musician
I cannot express to you how inspired and touched I was this morning listening to Clara interact in such a moving way with three of our dear patients. She is so very gifted and immediately builds such a rapport with her audience. I truly mean it when I say I believe there was divine intervention in this collaboration. Today was a beautiful start. We are so very pleased. Thank you to Clara and to The Front Porch for the work you do in our community and for saying yes to this opportunity. I wish you all could have seen the smiles and the tapping along to the music and felt the positive energy in that moment. It was a blessing.
–Lois Pearson, Director of Development, Hospice of the Piedmont