Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Great News

Hello Lovely Readers,

Guess what? I just got an offer to set up a music therapy contract with Heartland Hospice of Fond Du Lac and Green Bay, WI! I am so beyond excited for this opportunity. I have been praying for awhile now that God leads me in the path I am meant to be in career-wise.

While I have never worked with hospice patients before, I did work for 2 years at a hospital before we moved this last October. It is very humbling seeing the pain and suffering some people go through at the end of life. But, it is a very beautiful thing hearing their thoughts on 'being ready' to leave this earthly world and enter Heaven.

Here is a quick explanation of music therapy. Perhaps on another post I will go further in depth.

Music therapy is basically using musical interventions to accomplish goals in clients. These goals can be physical, mental, social, emotional, and/or spiritual.

For example, I worked a lot with stroke patients on a rehabilitation floor, and I used singing techniques mixed with speech therapy techniques to reach goals of speaking again and word recall.

Also, I loved working on the behavioral health floor. I held a group with adults and a group with adolescents, using song-writing, music listening, art therapy with music, and lyric analysis to encourage emotional expression, among other goals.

Lastly, music is AWESOME with children! Music therapy is very popular with kids with autism and developmental disabilities. It is very motivational and rewarding on many levels.

I could go so much more in depth! But, I've got to go cook dinner. Have a blessed Day!


  1. OMG...that is amazing!!! I am an oncology (cancer) nurse and work with many while transitioning and enrolled in hospice. They are going to love having you near them and offering such sweet calming sounds :)

  2. Congratulations!!! That sounds like an amazing opportunity, and by the way you write about it, it's something you were meant to do. Those patients will be lucky to have you :)

  3. Congratulations Jess, that is fabulous News! I just read an article about someone who works for Hospice and what she has learned from it. Here is the link:

    P.S. I love the Winter Song on your playlisty, very beautiful!

  4. Congrats! That is awesome news!

  5. What wonderful news! God is guiding your life! Amazing! Can't wait to hear more about it!!

  6. Hi Jess, thanks for introducing yourself, it's great to meet you! Love your cat names, and the songs on this page. I'm a psychotherapist, so I'm interested in music therapy. Good luck with your ttc, it will happen!

  7. Wow Jesss! This is wonderful news about the job!! How ironic (maybe not so ironic after all?!) that we both got great job news this week?! It sounds like the perfect job for you and I know you will do great! This is the job you are meant to do. So happy for you!!! ♥

    I think perhaps things are looking up for us??

  8. Congrats on the new position ;)

  9. Thank you so much for finding my blog & commenting. Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity. I've often thought about applying my music in a theraputic manner. Its wonderful that are able to bring that joy and development to others. Looking forward to seeing how it goes for you!

  10. How wonderful that you have this job opportunity! I've been praying for you to find one that you love. You will be a blessing to others, no doubt!