How can music therapy help a bereaved child?

  • 5 November 2021

Aalia’s teacher referred her to Coram following a sudden family bereavement and ongoing concerns about her lack of progress. At the initial parent consultation, Aalia’s family spoke about their recent traumatic loss, and began to wonder whether, in their own grief, they had overlooked how Aalia was feeling.

Aalia was pleased to come to her sessions, but needed to stay close to her therapist, seeking constant approval, help and attention. Then, after six sessions, she started to relax. She still remained close to her therapist, but began to see the potential of the music room, which gave her time and space to process emotions that were at first too difficult to comprehend.

Aalia has not talked directly about the bereavement, but has explored themes of loss and separation during her sessions and has grown increasingly confident.  After a year’s therapy, she has changed immensely: her family and teachers see how she is more independent in her learning, seems more mature and more able, and even has the self-assurance to take part in peer group activities.

For Aalia, the difference has been immense.

Case studies are real but names are changed and models used to protect confidentiality