Lullament: Lullaby and Lament Therapeutic Qualities Actualized Through Music Therapy

  title={Lullament: Lullaby and Lament Therapeutic Qualities Actualized Through Music Therapy},
  author={Clare O’Callaghan},
  journal={American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine{\textregistered}},
  pages={93 - 99}
  • C. O’Callaghan
  • Published 15 January 2008
  • Medicine
  • American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®
Lullabies and laments promote new awareness, enculturation, adaptation, and grief expression. These concepts' relevance to palliative care, however, has not been examined. In this study, a music therapist used a grounded theory—informed design to reflexively analyze lullaby and lament qualities, evident in more than 20 years of personal palliative care practice. Thus, the construct “lullament” emerged, which signified helpful moments when patients' and families' personal and sociohistorical… 

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