Harps of Comfort offers remote music to patients and their loved ones.

About Us

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. We offer music sessions at no cost to patients and families. 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

“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

As a physician, incorporating music into my patients’ lives is vital to their overall well-being and health. Much research has showed the benefits of music from our heart to our brain and promoting it through a project like Harps of Comfort has been an incredible endeavor for our ICU patients at our hospitals.

– Dr. Jennifer Mackinnon, MD, MM