Harps of Comfort offers remote music to patients and their loved ones.
Harps of Comfort harpists are certified music-thanatologists and other therapeutic musicians. As practitioners with years of experience in medical settings, we know first-hand how powerful music can be as a tool for symptom management, comfort, and even meaning-making in the face of suffering. Harps of Comfort is a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives and receives funding from individual donations, the Froedtert Hospital Foundation, a Project Music Heals Us Vital Sounds Initiative grant. Circle of Love, a music-thanatology nonprofit, provided initial funding to our musicians.
“The Harps of Comfort is a wonderful resource for our critically ill patients isolated with COVID-19. It makes me feel better as a nurse knowing that we are providing our patients with the added layer of support and comfort during this difficult time.”
— ICU nurse, Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI
“After I had finished playing the patient sat up, introduced himself, and said, “Thank you, that music helped me with my anxiety today.”
— Dia Walker, CM-Th, harpist