Circle of Love was founded in 1995. In 1997 it incorporated as a not-for-profit 501(c)3 tax deductible organization. Its mission is to provide palliative musical care (based in the field of music-thanatology) to the dying and those in grief and pain, and to conduct artistic and educational programs to deepen awareness and transform cultural models of death and dying.
As of the close of 2009, we have provided 1,759 music vigils live at the bedside of patients, 549 presentations to community and professional organizations, and served 20,854 individuals in vigils or audience settings. We have created and produced two performance pieces, Sailing by Night and Many Rivers, One Ocean. For four years we offered an annual holiday contemplative concert, Music for the Joy of a Quiet Heart, a non-denominational event hosted by St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Santa Fe. We continue to provide music vigils and are currently producing and touring Sailing by Night.
Listen here! Audio Documentary about Circle of Love: Collage of Interviews & Music created by Kari Iskowitz
Thank you to the many individual donors who continue to make our work possible. We are also grateful for the support of many funders over the course of our development. They include Frost Foundation, Los Alamos Medical Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Arts (a division of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs), St. Bede's Episcopal Church, Valley National Bank.