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Lynette's Journey with the Harp
My passion for the harp began as a result of a great sadness
in my life, the death of my mother due to ovarian cancer.
The difficult experience of going through this with her
gave me much insight about terminal illness; the most important
being how important sound is to the dying. I discovered
the wonderful services that hospice can offer, and how
people are treated with dignity and respect.
Following my mother's death, I felt the strong desire
to find out what else could be done for those who are suffering
and for whom medicine could not help. It occurred to me
that harp music played at the bedside might be the answer.
I became a hospice volunteer and began to investigate the
pioneering field of therapeutic harp by studying the instrument
with professionals and becoming certified with the International
Harp Therapy Program.
I founded Compassionate Harps™ at the Inland Hospice
Association in Claremont, California in 1996. We later
merged with Pilgrim Place and became a Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Program, with affiliates such as the City of
Hope National Medical Center and Pomona Valley Hospital
Through HHI and Compassionate Harps, we employ therapeutic
harpists who have become trained through our certification
program. Compassionate Harps™ continues to provide
soothing harp music at the bedside for ill people throughout
the Inland Empire and surrounding cities of Southern California.
My desire is to see the therapeutic harp movement expanded
throughout the country so that harp music can be offered
to patients as an adjunct to more conventional therapies.
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