Therese Schroeder-Sheker: Silence, Music, and Death (Part Two)

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.

Photo credits: ©Lynn Johnson, all rights reserved, used by permission.
Photo credits: ©Lynn Johnson, all rights reserved, used by permission.


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 MinstrelRosa Mysticaand The Geography of the Soul. She is the author of Transitus: A Blessed Death in the Modern WorldAs 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:

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.

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Carl McColman
Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.