Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2022

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Jena Leake


This literature review presents the use of expressive arts therapies as they may be applied to end-of-life care for older adults. Death is inevitable and if given the chance to prepare, the expressive arts modalities provide a foundation to process the emotions associated with the ending of a life on earth. Expressive arts provide the opportunity to communicate in non-traditional ways which have the ability to locate subconscious themes. End-of-life care previously revolved around pain management. In more recent years it has evolved to caring for the whole person emotionally, socially, psychologically, and physically. Sources were found utilizing resources provided by Lesley University library services and included peer-reviewed articles and books. Findings included the benefits of music therapy and art therapy for older adults in end-of-life care. When applying expressive arts modalities to end-of-life care, patients are likely to benefit from increasing feelings of autonomy, clarity in their lives, and feeling a sense of community with other people in end-of-life care.

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