Music-thanatology provides musical comfort, using harp and voice at the bedside of those nearing the end of life. Highly trained music-thanatologists serve the needs of the dying, and their loved ones, with prescriptive music.
The word "thanatology" comes from the Greek word for death, thanatos.
Prescriptive music is contemplative music,
determined and delivered live at the bedside, informed and directed by the body rhythms and overall presentation of the patient.
Musical sources include various traditions of sacred song and lullabies, but will be, for the most part, unfamiliar.