Sterling Secrist didn’t signal his appreciation for harpists Sarah Schwartz and Melanie Brown with applause but with tears.
“When they come with the harp,” the 86-year-old hospice patient said, “it gives me the chance to forget about my worries and troubles for a while. The music soothes and comforts me. And when it makes me cry, that is something really special. Then I know it’s working.”
Schwartz and Brown played Scottish, Welsh and Irish songs for Secrist—reminders of his mother’s heritage—when they visited him at the Magnolia Care Center in Wadsworth, Ohio, part of the Hospice of Wadsworth-Rittman. The two noticed how Secrist, once a musician with the Armed Forces Orchestrain Washington, D.C., appeared relaxed and joyful as their sessions concluded.
|Harp therapists Melanie Brown (left) and Sarah Schwartz grip the hands of Peggy Rose, 68, before she goes into surgery at Medina [Ohio] General Hospital. They had just played several Christian songs for her, including Jesus Loves Me, which elicited tears from the patient.|
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