Author Biographies

Jane Franz, BA, MTAI and CORP certified music-thanatologist (CM-Th), has been serving the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of those with terminal illness, those who are dying and their loved ones, with prescriptively delivered harp and voice in hospitals and hospices for the past fifteen years. Jane is a graduate of The Chalice of Repose Project (CORP) in Missoula, Montana, and was the coordinator for Strings of Compassion, the music-thanatology practice for PeaceHealth Medical Centers and Hospices in Eugene, Springfield, Cottage Grove, and Florence, Oregon. She is the director of the Music-Thanatology Training Program, where she is also on the faculty. Jane has served as the Chair of the Code of Ethics Committee for the professional organization, Music-Thanatology Association International (MTAI) since 2007. She has authored various articles and offers educational presentations for palliative caregiver populations in communities, hospitals, and hospices. Jane is a member of the University of Oregon Arts in Healthcare Research Consortium, involved in clinical study initiatives.

Sandy LaForge, MS, MA, MTAI and CORP certified music-thanatologist, has been actively involved in the field of music-thanatology since first learning about it in 1989. She was a counselor both in private practice and for the Alzheimer’s support group in Boulder, Colorado, until 1992. Sandy completed her music-thanatology training in 1994 and was certified at the Chalice of Repose Project school (CORP) in Missoula, Montana. She worked at the Providence St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula and also at the Hospice of Metro-Denver in Aurora, Colorado. Sandy has served as Secretary, Member-at-Large, and developed special projects for the MTAI.