Room 217, like many not-for-profits, faces challenges generating revenue due to the impacts of COVID-19. We have had to postpone our in-person trainings, and Voices that Care, our single largest fundraising event. If you are in a position to help, please donate to help Room 217 with operating expenses while we develop online solutions to help people care through music.
Help us change the care experience for thousands of Canadians with music. All gifts over $25 receive a charitable tax receipt. Charitable Registration #85728 5092 RR0001
All gifts of any size are welcome and appreciated. These gifts will be directed to where they are needed most unless otherwise specified. Gifts can be made online using the link provided or sent to
Room 217 Foundation
Port Perry, ON L9L 1A2
Monthly gifts sustain the ongoing Room 217 mission to change the culture of care through music.
Soothing Transitions Program
Soothing Transitions is a donor-driven program which delivers the Room 217 Music Collections of music to hospice palliative care (HPC) settings across Canada. Soothing Transitions provides an opportunity to remove funding as a barrier and increase accessibility of Room 217’s benefit-designed Music Collections. Soothing Transitions is intended to be a controlled delivery and support program as opposed to a giveaway. Participating HPC sites agree to be part of a process which tracks effects of Room 217 Music Collections. Our goal for the Soothing Transitions program is to reach 500 HPC sites in the next three years.
Music and the Circle of Care
In HPC, live and recorded music can be useful to everyone in the circle of care, including those who are dying, family members, friends, loved ones, clinicians, volunteers, grief counsellors, and spiritual care providers. For those at end-of-life, music can provide comfort and alleviate distressing symptoms and may provide comfort when words are inadequate or inappropriate. Music can help with legacy and grief work and be used in dignity therapy. The use of music in palliative care has been shown to assist with relaxation, improved breathing and relationship completion. Deborah Salmon, a Montreal-based palliative music therapist believes that “the very breadth and depth of music makes it a wonderful tool at end-of-life by promoting relaxation, pain control, a sense of well-being and support of emotional and spiritual expression. It is on this premise that Room 217 has created its Music Care Collections, a total of twenty-four one-hour music albums designed to support the psychosocial and spiritual needs the circle of care. Using familiar music and sounds with a mix of styles, Room 217 music is deliberately produced with defined therapeutic and artistic values.
All Canadians have the right to quality end-of-life care. Canadians living in rural and remote areas have limited access to HPC services. Residential hospices, while partially government-funded, must fundraise a substantial portion of operating costs. Community hospices often provide services in private homes, relying on volunteers. Palliative care rooms or units are found in hospitals and long-term care homes. In each of these HPC settings, funding is insufficient to cover all costs throughout the dying trajectory that are non-medical in nature. With the distribution of the Room 217 Music Collections, more people will experience improved quality of life and care in the end-of-life journey.
She was breathing so peacefully I barely noticed she passed away. She had been straining to breathe all day, almost gasping for air and rattling. The even and consistent distribution of medication along with the Room 217 music made a visible difference to ease her breathing. The nurse commented to me that it must have been the music that allowed her to pass away. -P.K., Family Caregiver
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