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Sounds of Comfort

After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
– Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

In a perfect world there would be a full time music therapist on every floor of every hospital and available for every Hospice patient and family member who needs it. Since this does not exist, we created Sounds of Comfort (501c3) non-profit organization to help bring music therapy where it is needed most.

Research clearly shows that music is effective in decreasing agitation and other negative symptoms in Alzheimer’s and dementia patients. Music often acts as a bridge to help access lost memories and yet there is not enough music in most care centers. Sounds of Comfort is dedicated to bringing quality music to people in need:

  • In hospitals
  • In nursing homes
  • In Hospice facilities
  • In private homes

Sounds of Comfort is funded by private donations, fundraising concerts, and events organized by Rhythmic Medicine. Your private donation is used to pay music therapists and Sounds of Comfort certified musicians to provide live music for Hospice, hospital, and nursing home patients. We acknowledge your contribution with a letter of appreciation, confirming your tax-deductible donation, and will let you know of any upcoming events or concerts. With a donation of $150 or more, we will provide a Music Therapy presentation for staff or a private session at a Care Center of your choice as a thank you gift.   This offer is for local people and must be within a 35 mile radius of the Kansas City/Overland Park area.

Please email to learn more about making a donation.


A sampling of Janalea's Hospital patient, care center patients, and private home visits:

Playing the native flute for patients with stage 4 liver cancer. “It was so beautiful when she played for me. After hearing this soothing sound, I want to get into the mindset of the flute! I couldn’t stop smiling when she played for me. Can’t get it out of my mind”

“When you walked through the door of my hospital room, I could not believe you were going to play beautiful music just for me! What a blessing and an honor! I have never heard music played with such passion — the violin and piano lifted my spirits and filled my heart with joy. Thank you for making such a positive difference in my hospital stay.”

"This was very soothing for all of us!  My Mother has had a lot of trouble talking and she was able to sing along with the flute!"  Patient's grand daughter age 9 said, "This is like a lullaby for adults."

"The music really helped me relax.  I enjoyed the musician's sweet spirit and excellent musical ability."

"The music helped me relax and lifted my spirits.  It helps you take your mind off your problems!"

"You did not poke me or cut me!  It was just pure pleasure.  Thanks for helping me relax and lifting my spirits through your music".

"This was great!  I especially loved the hymns.  I sang along in my mind and it was soothing."

"The music was a beautiful diversion from concerns about the surgery in progress and other concerns."

"The Music Therapy was a "ray of sunshine.  It put a smile on my face.  Thanks"

"My Mom and I loved the Music Therapy.  Our hearts were filled with joy.  This really uplifted our spirits--mind body and soul!  God Bless You!"

"What a lovely, talented lady!  I feel so fortunate that we met her and she truly brings peace with her music.  I believe that the music actually had  a positive effect on my brain waves and stimulated for connections of brain and body healing."

"Before the Music Therapist came in my room, I had been throwing up and extremely stressed.  Now after the music I feel hopeful and very peaceful."

"I know the Music Therapy was for me (patient) but it also helped my whole family!"

"The Music meant so much!  I felt God was with us.  It was so beautiful!  It helped me relaxed, lessened my pain and uplifted my spirits!"

"The fact that the music therapy session is live, gave me a sense of connection--something almost lost in the digital age.  So much better than a TV--usually tuned to a news channel blasting opinions and bad news!  Thanks so much for this beautiful experience!"

"The Native Flute was so soothing!   Loved it!"

"The Music Therapy made my day!   So soothing and life supporting!"