My name is Glenda Walsh Crouse and I serve Sentient beings who are in transition. I provide compassionate care through my work as a Clinical Musician, Death Doula, Modern Medicine Woman and Suzuki Violin Teacher.
I currently reside in Westminster, Maryland with my husband and three adorable, but destructive, cats.
Benefits of Therapeutic Music
As a Clinical Musician, I use therapeutic music on the violin to provide comfort at the bedside of patients.
Therapeutic music is an art based on the science of sound and is intended to alleviate the physical, mental, and emotional suffering that can accompany illness, trauma and the end stages of life.
Clinical musicians are educated, trained and certified through accredited programs and the National Standards Board for Therapeutic Musicians.
I meet patients exactly where they are, in the moment, with no objective or goal other than to provide comfort, grace and a healing environment. Sessions are prescriptive and therapeutic, based on the needs of the patient. I do not “perform” as the focus is on the care of the patient and not the musician.
Clinical musicians provide services in hospitals, hospice, skilled nursing facilities, doctors offices and in individuals homes. We generally work with patients in the ICU, PICU, NICU, Med/Surg, oncology and Alzheimer’s/Dementia units.
Therapeutic music is generally delivered in live sessions rather than through recorded sessions. Live bedside music allows the practitioner to change the music to meet the patients changing needs. Human connection factors into healing, this type of connection and community is not delivered through pre-recorded music in the same way that it’s delivered live.
My work as a Clinical Musician may overlap with my work as Death Doula for patients in hospice/palliative care as music is often a tool doulas use to create a peaceful environment during visits and vigils.
- reduction in anxiety
- stabilization of vital signs in critically ill patients (heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure)
- provides Alzheimer’s patients with stimulation that allows them to access old memories and helps to bridge communication gaps
- Patients receiving music heal faster and have shorter stays in facilities
- Reduction in pain; requiring less pain medications
- help to ease the transition for patients nearing the end of life.
- induce deep relaxation helping to boost the immune system
- Patients who receive music before surgery are more relaxed and require less anesthesia, reducing side effects
A Death Doula (End- of- Life Doula or Death Midwife) is a trained professional who provides education and comfort throughout the dying process. Death doulas receive specialized education and training in order to provide support services.
I completed my training and certification through the Larner College of Medicine’s (University of Vermont) End -of -Life Doula Program. I am also NEDA Proficient and have earned my Proficiency micro-credentials by demonstrating understanding and competency skills related to Death Doula Practice
A Doula provides respite for family members and honors the meaningful and sacred act that is the dying process. Compassionate care is offered on many levels; emotional, spiritual, physical, social, intellectual and educational.
The Doula’s goal is to help individuals by honoring their final wishes to allowing for a death with dignity. Our services complement the care provided by loved ones, medical teams, legal teams and other funeral professionals.
Services are provided in hospitals, various health care facilities, and in private homes.
Doulas are advocates for the dying and their loved ones. Services are positive, non-judgmental and nonsectarian.
I welcome individuals from all backgrounds, cultures and religious views.
Doulas are guides—helping to navigate trough the overwhelming amount of information and options that come with end- of- life care and funeral planning.:
- Education for disposition is provided so individuals may choose the option that is most comfortable.
- Mediation is provided to aid open communication between patients and their families about end of life decisions.
- Respite care is provided for exhausted family members by taking care of practical day to day tasks such as running errands or light house work.
- Facilitate end of life planning for individuals, regardless of current health status. Having your wishes documented in advance can ease the load on family members should you pass unexpectedly.
- Help individuals access and complete end of life documents.
- Help individuals plan their funeral and other death rituals so that all needs and wishes are honored.
- Available to sit with families in vigil as a loved one passes.
- Help families process emotions and guide them through the early stages of grief after their loved one has passed.
- If an individual chooses to die at home, Doulas give families guidance regarding care of the individual before, during and after death.
- Help to processes and understand grief.
- Educate on the symptoms of dying and the dying process to help lessen anxiety and stigma around death.
- Maintain a network of local professionals that families may be referred to, if needed.
We help people reflect on the meaning of their lives and the impacts they had on others.
“Because death stirs people to seek answers to important spiritual questions, it becomes the greatest servant of humanity, rather than it’s most feared enemy.”Bhagavad Gita
“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
“Music can heal the wounds which medicine cannot touch.”Debasish Mridha