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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Co-meditative singing at the time of death: A depth perspective
by DePons, LuAnne, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2010, 75; 1482028
Abstract (Summary)

People who die from the natural progression of illness pass through a number of stages as they journey through end of life to death. During the final stage, when actively dying, the patient is unresponsive. I contend that during this time, the dying patient is in a different state of consciousness but continues to have a viable psychology that is responsive to treatment.

I developed co-meditative singing as treatment for actively dying patients. In this thesis I use intuitive inquiry, hermeneutic methodology, and case studies to illustrate the method and report my findings. Co-meditative singing is an alternative intervention supported by theories of depth psychology, meditation, and music. The process utilizes gentle singing in a meditative consciousness and song rhythms synchronized with the dying person's breathing pattern. I contend a depth approach to treatment at this time of life is not only effective but a most compassionate approach.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Koehn, Allen
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 48/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Counseling Psychology, Psychology
Publication Number: 1482028
ISBN: 978-1-109-69786-5
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