Music Therapy Shares Journey Through Grief

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Music Therapy Shares Journey Through Grief

Source:  IN|Fort Wayne

By Garth Snow

Music therapist Emily Paar sees the faces of grief. She welcomes the bereaved. She puts them at ease. Her music becomes their conversation and their healing. No two conversations are the same.

“I think it’s such a brave thing to reach out when they need help, and I would encourage people to reach out,” she said. “So many people struggle. This is something that we don’t talk about enough. It’s something that people don’t understand. People think you should just move on and get over it, and that’s not how grief works.”

Paar will present “Healing Through Music” four Thursday evenings in March at Visiting Nurse’s Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center. The four-part series is free to anyone who is experiencing grief.

“I’ve had some people who had just lost their spouses, or had lost someone years ago, but it can be any relationship, be it sister or child or brother,” she said. “It’s a safe space, and it doesn’t have to be something that you come to individually. A couple can come or someone else who might be helping you along your journey.”

Music therapist Emily Paar visits a patient at the Peggy F. Murphy Community Grief Center. She said the grief center is available to anyone who has experienced a loss.

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