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What CDs Reduce Hospice Fear?

23 Jul


Dear Belleruth,

I have a friend in hospice care (heart probs) - sadly young at 59 who has decided not to opt for a heart transplant but is still not ready to let go.  Is there a CD you could recommend to help him relax and fear less?  I think the hospice one is too final... he's not there yet... but he will benefit from that one eventually. Right now he has trouble falling asleep b/c he's afraid he won't wake up - something for general relaxation?

- Virginia.



Dear Virginia,

Thanks for the thoughtful question for your friend.  I can think of several possibilities.  Is your friend a practicing Christian?  If so, he may find great comfort in the Tranquilities Series for Stress by Rev. Donna Schenk and Dr. Robert Miller.  It uses well-loved hymn music as background, has lovely imagery and contains a central quote from scripture to address fear and other challenging emotions in each of the 5 CDs.  It also comes with aromatherapy oils to supplement the comfort and nurture offered by their audio programs.

If you think a more secular resource would work better, our Healthful Sleep imagery would also be really good for him to fall asleep to – it’s designed to create a rich atmosphere of protection, safety and support, with images that are evocative and compelling enough to compete with his fear and anxiety.  The music is very calming as well.  It’s our all time bestseller and could be just the ticket to bring him some rest and peace.
Relaxation & Wellness may be right for him too – like the sleep imagery, it provides images of safety and support, but in a different way (being surrounded by loved ones, good wishes, prayers, loving thoughts from past, present and future), and with different music – also very calming.  That one could work well for him when he’s awake.
I hope this helps.  No doubt, he’s grateful for your care, friendship and concern.

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award