Silence takes many forms: silent prayer, the silence of meditation and contemplation, the silence of the wilderness and the desert, the relationship between silence and creativity or silence and politics.
Silence also shapes and informs one of the great mysteries of life: the mystery of death.
This is part two of a two-part episode. To listen to part one, click here.
Harpist, singer and composer Therese Schroeder-Sheker has devoted her life to exploring this greatest silence of all, through more than forty years of clinical experience serving the physical and spiritual needs of the dying with prescriptive music. Ms. Schroeder-Sheker founded the palliative medical modality of music-thanatology and The Chalice of Repose Project, the first music-thanatology organization in the world.
Her beautiful and award-winning recordings include The Queen’s Minstrel, Rosa Mystica, and The Geography of the Soul. She is the author of Transitus: A Blessed Death in the Modern World. As the title of that book suggests, her work has a contemplative dimension that explores how music can be a gift to those who are dying or in hospice or palliative care.
Some of the resources and authors we mention in these episodes:
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, The Geography of the Soul (the beautiful music in this podcast comes from this album, and is presented to you by permission of Therese Schroeder-Sheker)
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Transitus: A Blessed Death in the Modern World
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, The Queen’s Minstrel
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Rosa Mystica
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, In Dulci Jubilo
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Celebrant: Historical Harp
- Therese Schroeder-Sheker, Chalice of Repose: A Contemplative Musician’s Approach to Death and Dying (VHS)
- Norman Lockwood, Carol Fantasy for Mixed Chorus and Orchestra (Sheet Music)
- Gustav Mahler, Complete Edition
- Valentin Tomberg, Lazarus, Come Forth!
- E. F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
Episode 90: Silence, Music, and Death: A Conversation with Therese Schroeder-Sheker (Part Two)
Hosted by: Carl McColman
With: Cassidy Hall, Kevin Johnson
Guest: Therese Schroeder-Sheker
Date Recorded: December 17, 2019
Featured photo: ©Lynn Johnson, all rights reserved, used by permission.