Harps of Comfort provides remote music to isolated patients; those with COVID-19 and other serious illness; patients nearing the end of life; as well as loved ones and caregivers.
Using the gentle vibrations of harp and voice, our highly-trained therapeutic musicians offer individually tailored, live music sessions with compassionate, loving presence.
Please enjoy this one-hour webinar introducing Harps of Comfort and marking our first year with stories, gratitude and harp music. (Sound begins 1:50)
On April 21, Harps of Comfort participated in the Chaplaincy Innovation Lab’s “Music for the Soul” series, hosted by Dr. Michael Skaggs. Click here to view this lively conversation about music and spirituality, and listen to harp selections, singing, and a song from divinity school band Divine Intervention.
The Medical College of Wisconsin recently wrote about Harps of Comfort in Innovative Programs Helps COVID-19 Patients Find Comfort with Music.
Our project director, Jennifer Hollis, and harpist Claudia Walker were recently featured on the podcast Life in the Liminal, hosted by Julia Reimann, former field education student and operations manager.
As harpists 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. Our harpists include music-thanatologists, therapeutic musicians, certified music practitioners, and certified therapeutic harp practitioners.
We formed Harps of Comfort in April 2020 to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and to create a way to offer live, remote music to isolated patients, their loved ones, and front line caregivers, using Zoom, WebEx, and other virtual platforms. Now we are available to play for other populations in need of care. The harp music and singing is quiet and contemplative, offering an opportunity for rest, relaxation, and comfort.