Touching Lives, One Song at a Time

by Jennifer Jonas

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/24/2017

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781504376785
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781504376761
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 138
ISBN : 9781504376778

About the Book

This book will transform you through its moving stories about reaching into the world of an Alzheimer’s patient, about helping someone die a more peaceful death, and about inspiring a child with a special need to sing and dance. These compassionate stories captivate the human spirit and may bring a tear to your eye. “Jennifer’s appearance at the entrance to the kitchen would bring instant delight to mom’s eyes and a huge beautiful smile to her face. It was the highlight of her week. Jennifer has a way of bringing joy, clarity and awareness back by drawing from the memories she discovers, tirelessly, patiently and with heartfelt kindness and then sharing them again and again and again. I also loved her sessions since mom was such a happy camper by the time she finished!” — Kathleen Sweeney “Jenny’s therapy touched the lives of each member of our family. She taught my special needs daughter essential developmental skills, helped my father remember some dear memories that were lost, comforted my aging mother and sang at the funerals of all three. Her gift of music brought tears of joy and comfort to all of us.” — Valerie Jones “Jennifer’s music therapy reached my mom deep down in her soul. We thought we were giving mom a gift, but it turned out to be a gift to all of us!” — Michelle Buchanan

About the Author

Jennifer Jonas is an accredited music therapist with over twenty-five years of experience working with young children and seniors. She began her music studies in her home country of Canada and then pursued her graduate studies at Michigan State University. Jennifer returned to Toronto, where she set up her first private practice. It was there she made her professional recording Reminiscence featuring songs from her work in palliative care at St. Michael’s hospital. In Toronto she was interviewed by Peter Downie, long time host of CBC TV and radio, and featured in his book called Healers at Work. In 1998 Jennifer’s family moved to Huntsville, Alabama, where she continued her music therapy work with children and seniors. In 2013 she began sharing her music therapy stories on her local classical radio station, WLRH. She is a regular contributor to the Sundial Writers program. Sharing her stories on the radio inspired her to fulfill a dream of writing her own book, Touching Lives One Song at a Time.