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Expressive Therapies – The Role of Music, Massage and Art Therapies

Care and Comfort through Expressive Therapies

Some of the most beautiful Hospice moments happen when an Expressive Therapist is in the room!

Expressive therapies play an integral role in enhancing the quality of life for adults and families in Hospice Buffalo, as well as for children and their families in our Essential Care program. Our credentialed therapists address the physical, emotional, cognitive, and social needs of our patients and families through various therapeutic interventions such as music therapy, massage therapy and art therapy.

Benefits of Expressive Therapies

  • Provides a creative outlet for self-expression and interpersonal support,
  • Helps patients and families manage pain and anxiety,
  • Decreases loneliness and isolation,
  • Encourages movement and active engagement,
  • Facilitates reminiscence and life review,
  • Provides opportunities for creating a legacy, memory and meaning-making

The Expressive Therapies   

  • Music Therapy
  • Massage Therapy
  • Art Therapy

These disciplines are integral to our clinical mission, enabling us to provide an authentic, collaborative experience for our patients and families. Evidence-based research and working theory recognizes the significance and impact of these therapies. Expressive Therapy offers patients and their families opportunities to actively process and effectively benefit from the core services of a true interdisciplinary team. We develop treatment plans in collaboration with physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains, and provide an ongoing supportive presence throughout the individual’s care.

Where can you find us?

Our expressive therapists visit with patients and families in all care settings:

  • Patient homes
  • Assisted Living facilities, and skilled Nursing and Group Homes  
  • Hospice inpatient unit

Expressive therapists also collaborate with Hospice Bereavement and Community Grief Support to facilitate various therapeutic interventions for programming such as Storm Clouds & Rainbows and Camp Blue Skies.

Share Your Story

Expressive Therapies are made possible through the generosity of donors like you. Please consider making a donation today!



Hospice & Palliative Care Buffalo's Director of Expressive Therapies, Abigail Unger and University at Buffalo School of Nursing magazine editor, Sarah Goldthrite, discuss the impact of expressive therapy in the latest issue of UBNursing


"Music was a very important part of my family's life. I loved my mother's smile, and music therapy made her smile, every time, all the time. The music therapist often welcomed others in the nursing home to join in, giving my mother extra socialization. I will always be grateful for the care my mother received through Hospice Buffalo and the special extras like music therapy."

~ Lisa Feldman, Donor

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