Lumina received a $4,000 Arts Build Communities grant from the Oregon Arts Commissionto provide art and music based intervention for hospice patients living in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Funds will be used to contract professional artists and musicians to deliver services to hospice patients at the patient’s residence.
For some dying individuals, putting a harpist beside them that can match their breathing rate with chords helps relieve anxiety and provides comfort. In other situations a beating drum can actually keep a baby on hospice alive, for another hour until their family can be there to say their final goodbyes. We have seen firsthand these musical gifts at work. Offering therapeutic arts and music services gives hospice care providers an additional tool to draw from to help meet the unique needs of every individual we serve.
Although our name has changed from Benton Hospice Service, our commitment to the community has not. Thank you Oregon Arts Commission for supporting our nonprofit mission to provide compassion, comfort and support through your end-of-life experience in the Mid-Willamette Valley.