Music VigilThe word "vigil" means watchfulness or a period of watchful attention. A music vigil is the time during which a music-thanatologist is present and offering prescriptive music using harp and voice for the benefit of the patient and their loved ones. It is recognized that family and caregivers are experiencing grief, loss, change and a desire to support the patient. They are encouraged to be present for the vigil.
A quiet setting assists the music to be effective. Applause or comment is not necessary during the silence between the musical offerings. The patient and others present are simply invited to receive the music. Vigils usually last from 30 minutes to an hour.
Created: August 06, 2000 Last updated: September 22, 2008