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Music Therapy Offers an End-of-Life Grace Note

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NEW YORK — At 90, Beverly Herzog is writing songs for the first time.

Once a week, a music therapist helps Herzog transform her thoughts into lyrics, then sings them back to her mellifluously over the strums of her guitar. The result can be transformative. When Herzog listened during a session in December, she marveled at how magically the music reflected her views on love and life.

“I can’t believe it,” Herzog said in her room at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in the Bronx. “So I sit with my mouth open, I do. And I’m starting to get an appreciation, not just swallowing it,” she added. “Not because it’s a song that we wrote together, but because it feels, like, complete, for all

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