Lullament: lullaby and lament therapeutic qualities actualized through music therapy
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Lullament
Abstract: 

Lullabies and laments promote new awareness, enculturation, adaptation, and grief expression. These concepts' relevance to palliative care, however, has not been examined. In this study, a music therapist used a grounded theory-informed design to reflexively analyze lullaby and lament qualities, evident in more than 20 years of personal palliative care practice. Thus, the construct "lullament" emerged, which signified helpful moments when patients' and families' personal and sociohistorical relationship with lullabies and laments were actualized. Specific music could be both a lullaby and a lament. A music therapist can enable the lullament through providing opportunities for music-contextualized "restorative resounding," expressed psychobiologically, verbally, musically, and metaphorically.

Author(s): 
O'Callaghan, Clare
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am J Hosp Palliat Care
Publication Date: 
2008-05
Publication Year: 
2008
Pages: 
93-99
Volume: 
25
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1049-9091
DOI: 
10.1177/1049909107310139
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 18198359

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Clare O'Callaghan. 2008-05. "Lullament: lullaby and lament therapeutic qualities actualized through music therapy." The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care 25: 2: 93-99. 10.1177/1049909107310139.

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