Descanso y Consuelo / Music for Palliative Care

About our music

Our music is rooted in the field of music-thanatology We use harp and voice and offer our music live at the bedside for patients and families. We describe vigil music as prescriptive and dynamic. It is prescriptive because it is played for the individual to assist the patient's specific condition and situation.  It is dynamic because the music changes during the vigil as the patient's condition changes. It is primarily contemplative music, drawn from a variety of sacred, folk and contemporary sources.  It seeks to be an expression of beauty and love that transcends diverse affiliations of faith and culture.

Listen Here! 

 These cuts are from the CD No Strings Attached: Love Songs for Harp and Voice,
recorded by Judith Shotwell
1.  Los Bilbilicos, Ladino Folksong Los Biblicos.mp3 
  2. Garten Mother's Lullaby, Traditional Celtic Lullaby
    Adoro Te Devote, Plainsong, anonymous melody, lyrics by Thomas Aquinas Garlen Mother's Lullabye_Adoro Te.mp3
3. Salve Mater, Plainsong, melody composed by Benedictine Monks of Solesmes Salve Mater.mp3 
  No Strings Attached the CD is available from
More recordings by music-thanatologists can be found at 


Hot off the Press!

Great Article in Nov/Dec 2013 Issue of Spiritual and Health Magazine: