Jane Demakos in Ireland, May/June 2018


Jayne Demakos CTHP, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner from Ithaca, New York State will be in Ireland at the end of May to early June, 2018 presenting and facilitating through a number of engagements, an overview of therapeutic harp practice in end of life care, and principle prescriptive musical applications used to address symptom management in all stages of palliative and Hospice care,
such as,

St Francis Hospice 16th Kaleidoscope Conference Croke Park, Conference Centre, Dublin.
Weaving the Strands of Palliative Care
Wed 30 – Thurs 31 May
This conference will explore issues related to palliative care with six distinct strands: progressive neurological conditions, dementia, bereavement & loss, advanced symptom management, ethics & spirituality – each of which represents part of the rich tapestry of palliative care. On Thurs 31 May, 11.00, Jayne Demakos will present an overview of the field of therapeutic harp in end of life care and principle prescriptive musical applications used to address symptom management in all stages of palliative and Hospice care. Case studies and statistics will be included in the discussion for clinical uses of live harp addressing such issues as anxiety, sleeplessness, depression, terminal restlessness, and respiratory distress. Personal stories, testimonials, and musical demonstrations enhance and bring to life the everyday work of the therapeutic harpist who creates an environment of comfort and peace for patients and loved ones throughout
patient disease process and transition of death.

GriefSong: One-day Workshop
Clonlea Yoga Studios, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Sat 2 June, 10.00 – 15.00
Cost: €55, concessions €50. Full payment in advance by 19th May 2018 to secure your place
A one-day workshop platforming of GriefSong, as practiced in bereavement groups of the same name run by Jayne Demakos at Hospicare & Palliative Care Services in the United States. This unique workshop is hosted by Global Harmonies, and delivered by Jayne Demakos. Her approach recognises the power of community and song to hold and move through grief and loss; sharing stories, ritual, group songs, reflection and celebration in recollection of loss and the preciousness of life. This practice is relevant for those carrying grief both personally and collectively as well as those wishing to develop and facilitate similar group experiences. It is not necessary to be a ‘good’ singer to take part, all voices welcome.

Sacred Music with Jayne Demakos
Goldie Chapel, Nano Nagle Place, Cork
Tue 5 June, 13.00 – 14.00
A presentation of voice and harp exploring Gregorian Chant, Hildegard von Bingen and other sacred literature. The program focuses less on the historical perspective of this music and more on the experiential possibilities in sacred music. This unique event platforms Jayne Demakos’ study of Gregorian chant with Musica Sacra: Church Music Association of America as well as through her studies in Music Thanatology (music for the dying) where Gregorian chant is part of the core repertoire.

Talk: Therapeutic Harp and End of Life Care
Marymount University Hospital & Hospice, Cork
Wed 6 June, 13.00 – 13.45
The talk presents THERAPEUTIC HARP as a complementary medicine that offers music at the bedside of those facing physical,  emotional, psycho-social and spiritual challenges. An overview of the field of therapeutic harp in end of life care including case studies and personal stories. Neither entertainment nor a bedside performance, therapeutic music seeks healing rather than curing, and is recognised as an effective complementary medicine enhancing traditional and mainstream medicines.

Therapeutic Harp in Gerontology and in Hospice care
Education Centre, Scott Building, Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore (MRHT)
Thurs 7 June, 10.30 – 12.00
FREE, however booking is essential:
The workshop will explore the effects of THERAPEUTIC HARP on end of life care. Therapeutic harp at the bedside of patients is closely aligned with Music Thanatology (music for the dying) and uses live harp music and voice to prescriptively address physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial needs of patients. Key principles of prescriptive music will be covered and supported by case studies, stories and testimonies. Participants will be offered a series of demonstrations and exercises, personally exploring the impact of music on the body, emotions and attitudes. (Participants are not required to bring any instruments)

Jayne Demakos, CTHP, Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner, provides therapeutic harp and voice in health care facilities in Central New York. Jayne is a certified Therapeutic Harp practitioner at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services in both Tompkins and Cortland Counties. She studied Contemplative Musicianship and Music Thanatology (music for the dying) with Therese Schroeder-Sheker and is a candidate for certification in Music Thanatology through the Music Thanatology Association International. She studied Gregorian chant with Musica Sacra: Church Music Association of America as well as through her studies in Music Thanatology where Gregorian chant is part of the core repertoire. She was a decade long music director of two sister, Roman Catholic Churches in Tompkins County She has performed widely in many venues across the Southern Tier including the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts Summer Concert Series at Cornell University. Jayne consulted and performed for the World Conference of Religions and two Ithaca Interfaith Services honoring the Dalai Lama of Tibet. She has released two CDs: “Hush, for Harp and Voice”, and “Beauty Crowds Me: An Homage to Beauty”, a collaboration between Hospicare and the Ithaca College Music Department and the Gerontology Institute. Whether as singer,
pianist, harpist, teacher, or director, Jayne strives to create an environment by which we can feel our humanness more deeply.

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