Mission: To utilize harp music in clinical situations and research projects in order to ease the pain of cancer as an adjunct to standard medical intervention.
Lynette Edelson, Compassionate Harps founder, was inspired to use the harp as a therapeutic adjunct to conventional cancer treatments and pain management after the loss of her mother, Arlene Snyder, to ovarian cancer in 1993.
More recently, Lynette’s father Ed Snyder (view larger photo) bravely battled stage 4 colon cancer for 2 ½ years. Ed was the recipient of many sessions administered by his daughter, and enjoyed the benefits of Vibroacoustic Harp Therapy (VAHT) and other techniques involving the harp. Having experienced the benefits of VAHT and harp therapy first hand, Ed became a proponent of harp therapy, and wished for Lynette to further her knowledge and experience in the field, that others might benefit as he had from the live harp music.
Sadly, Ed passed away on July 3, 2008, but his brave battle serves to help others through the Compassionate Harps Cancer Pain Project, which is now named in his honor.
This program employs the revolutionary Clinical Recliner, a chair which is specially designed for vibroacoustic therapy. The harp is amplified through the chair’s four speakers, thereby saturating the therapy recipient in sound and vibration. Its rugged modular construction reclines to the physician recommended Trendelenburg position, positioning the lower legs above the heart. This posture reduces pressure on the spine, relieving muscle tension and aiding circulation.
How you can help!
Make a donation check payable to: Compassionate Harps
All checks will go to the Ed Snyder Cancer Pain Project
Please send your check to:
Dr. Dale Edelson c/o Ed Snyder Cancer Pain Project
8977 Foothill Blvd. Suite C
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Lynette Edelson, CTH – Founder
Research on Harp Therapy and VAHT (vibroacoustic Harp Therapy) http://www.harptherapy.com/research.html
Inland Hospice Association
San Antonio Community Hospital- Pain Management Department
Harp Therapy Journal - Editor, Sarajane Williams
Leah Cecil - Miss Garden Grove 2011 - Compassionate Harps Affliiate
Raising funds and awareness for Compassionate Harps
Soroptimist Intl of Buena Park- Smart Girls
P.O. Box 5183 Buena Park, CA 90620
Photos by Josh Edelson http://www.edelsonphotography.com/