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Holistic Death Network

March 20

The Calgary Holistic Death Network’s March Guest Presentation

Harp and Song in Palliative Care

with Douglas Beckstead
BSW, ARCT Royal Conservatory of Music, Contemplative Musicianship certificate

Music can move us, inspire us, and bring us peace and comfort. For many people the resonant sound of the harp creates an especially soothing effect. For this reason, it can be a helpful addition in a palliative care setting.

In this presentation, Douglas will share his experience as a volunteer musician at a hospice, and discuss some ideas about music, including:

•  the historical uses of music to convey compassion
•  how the particular sounds and feelings of musical modes can be used when deciding what song to play for someone

Douglas will also let the harp speak for itself, as he shares some of the songs that he plays and sings at the hospice.

About Douglas Beckstead

For the last 40 years, Douglas has made his living as a counsellor, but he has always had a love of music. Douglas plays many instruments, but when he began playing the harp, he looked for a place to share its wonderful sound.

Since 2006, he has been a volunteer musician at the Agape hospice in Calgary where he plays the harp and sings for the hospice residents, their families, and the staff who care for them.

Event Information

March 20th, 2018
Doors open at 6:45, program starts at 7:00

The Alexandra Dance Hall
922 – 9 Ave SE Calgary

Book online, and pay at the door
$20 per meeting, or 4 meetings for $60
No charge for current Community Healers’ Council members

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About the Calgary Holistic Death Network

The Calgary Holistic Death Network is a monthly gathering for people interested in learning more about death and dying in any capacity. It’s a chance to explore this exciting new field and to connect with others who share your interest and passions.

The meetings are fun and inspiring, with dynamic guest speakers, fascinating people to meet, and ideas to share.

Learn more about the Calgary Holistic Death Network

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Calgary, AB