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Donna Jo Kopitzke shows off one of the Reverie Harps acquired this year by Rice Hospice. Tribune photo by Anne Polta

Rice Hospice uses gentle sounds of the harp for patient, family care


WILLMAR -- Music shimmers forth as Donna Jo Kopitzke gently plucks the strings of her Reverie Harp. The sounds linger, then slowly fade.

Rice Hospice recently began using the soothing notes of the harp to help comfort terminally ill patients and their families on the journey toward death.

"It's comforting. It's easy. It's accessible to almost everyone," said Kopitzke, who is the music coordinator for Rice Hospice.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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