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  • Writer's pictureCarey Tate

Heartwarming Christmas song 'A Gift of Love' created by patient at the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence.

The heartfelt French song 'A Gift of Love' came to be at the end of November 2022 during a session in which the Teresa Dellar Palliative Care Residence (TDPCR) patient and his spouse discussed the significance of Christmas. Three pages of lyrics were created from the couple's reflections under the direction of music therapist Dan Goldman. The patient's wife finished the lyrics two days later, and the trio combined them into a lovely song during the following music therapy sessions.


As a result, the pair created a song that perfectly captures their style and accurately depicts their experience. The recording of 'A Gift of Love' was a family endeavour. The patient initiated and concluded the recording; his daughter contributed by playing the keyboard, and his granddaughter provided the lead vocals. Even after his passing, the family continued to work on the song, finding solace and connection in their shared creative process. This song stands as a testament to the enduring power of a man's creativity and a celebration of his life.

Music therapy can be a valuable tool for easing existential difficulties, despair, and anxiety. It affirms that life is more than sickness and offers a unique forum for family bonding, communication, and emotional expression.

"Music has a unique ability to bridge the gaps words cannot reach. Witnessing the creative process of this incredible couple was awe-inspiring. The song became a vessel for their love, a timeless legacy that extends far beyond the confines of a single holiday season. In these moments, we find the extraordinary in the ordinary, the beauty in the bittersweet," explained Dan Goldman, music therapist at the Residence.

"Our commitment goes beyond physical care; it's about nurturing the spirit. 'A Gift of Love' is a testament to the healing power of music, the strength found in creative expression, and the enduring legacy of our residents. It is an honor to witness, support, and celebrate such meaningful moments within our community," said Dale Weil, Executive Director at the Residence.



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