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Jayne Demakos is a US-based certified therapeutic harp practitioner with a special interest in music for the dying. Jayne will give a series of workshops and talks in locations across Ireland from 31 May to 7 June 2018. 

Jayne Demakos is based in Ithaca, New York State and provides therapeutic harp and voice in healthcare facilities in Central New York and is a certified Therapeutic Harp practitioner at Hospicare and Palliative Care Services in both Tompkins and Cortland Counties. Jayne has studied Contemplative Musicianship and Music Thanatology with Therese Schroeder-Sheker. She is a candidate for certification in Music Thanatology through the Music Thanatology Association International and is a lecturer in ‘Exploring Music as Medicine’ at the Ithaca College School of Music, NY.

Programme of events 

Thursday 31 May | Dublin 
Jayne will be contributing to the Kaleidoscope International Conference on Palliative Care organized by St. Francis Hospice at Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin. Further details:

Saturday 2 June | Dublin 
GriefSong: One-day workshop hosted by Global Harmonies at Clonlea Yoga Studios in Blackrock

The GriefSong approach recognises the power of community and song to hold and move through our grief and loss. You will experience sharing stories, ritual, group songs, reflection and celebration in recollection of loss and the preciousness of life. This work 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. Cost: €55, concessions €50. Full payment in advance by 19 May  to secure a place.

Further details:

Tuesday 5 June | Cork 
Free lunchtime concert and presentation at Nano Nagle Place in Cork City. Further details here.

Wednesday 6 June | Cork 
Free workshop: Jayne is speaking at Marymount Hospice to people involved in health and end of life care. Further details:

Thursday 7 June | Tullamore
Free information and creative workshop at Midland Regional Hospital, Tullamore for healthcare providers, families and community members exploring 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.

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).

Booking is essential. Further details:


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