Right before I entered the hospital room with my harp, the patient and her spouse had just had a discussion of “no code” status.
The husband (caregiver) was sitting at his wife’s shoulder and I set up my harp right next to him so I could see both the patient and him. At times, I felt like I was playing as much to him as I was for his wife … he “drank in” the music!
At one point, the patient turned to her husband and their eyes locked. Within these few moments of deep connection, they expressed a lifetime. It was beautiful to witness, as well as facilitate with this paradoxical instrument that is so gentle, yet so powerful.
As I was leaving, the husband said, “Thank you! I believe I enjoyed the music as much, and maybe more than my wife!”