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Caring – Prayers and Well Wishes

So often, we or our loved ones, go through difficult times and need that bit of extra help sent our way. This is our prayer and special energy gift list – a place where you can ask to hold or be held in our weekly Sunday harp playing of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.   For over 12 years now, we come together as a group of harpists to play this song when anyone in our IHTP family is going through tough times. Please scroll down to ask us to play for you on this coming Sunday. Please add the following people to you Sunday playing and prayer/meditation list:

Jennifer Kneale and Son
Masayo Honjo and Gentry for the passing of husband/father, Julian
Carla and Andrew Whiteley and family for the passing of their grandson Lockey
Denise McKenzie and family
Rebecca Haines, Logan and family
Dreama Powell

Stella Benson We extend our love to Stella and her family during this time. July 27, 2014. Many have sent their words of love for Stella. She indeed served the therapeutic music world teaching, authoring books, giving webinars and being with patients. I will miss her greatly but have a feeling that she will be guiding us from beyond. We play "Somewhere Over the Rainbow for you Stella". Love and Light, Tina

Stella Benson – We extend our love to Stella and her family during this time. July 27, 2014. Many have sent their words of love for Stella. She indeed served the therapeutic music world teaching, authoring books, giving webinars and being with patients. I will miss her greatly but have a feeling that she will be guiding us from beyond. We play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow for you Stella”. Love and Light, Tina

IN MEMORY OF STELLA BENSON Your Donation Honoring Stella Will Help Others

To honor and perpetuate her global harp therapy work, The Stella Benson Harp Therapy Fund will be initiated at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center.

Donations may be made to:

https://www.peacehealth.org/foundation/st-joseph/Pages/Default.aspx 

In Memory of Stella Benson Harp Therapy Fund

or:

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation 2901 Squalicum Parkway, Bellingham, WA 98225 with notation: Spiritual Care - Stella Benson Harp Therapy Fund or this will be used in the hospital General fund!

All donations made to the St. Joseph/PeaceHealth fund will be used ONLY at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bellingham, WA. This is the first of many regional Stella funds designed to “seed” donations by the public to earmark for harp therapy in healthcare settings around the world.

331 Responses to “Caring – Prayers and Well Wishes”

  1. Christina Tourin says:

    From Tanya Stephens: Hi everyone

    My connection is not allowing me onto the website so I thought I would email a request.

    Those not in the UK may not have heard that this week our Manchester dogs home was victim of an arson attack. Sadly over 60 dogs lost their lives with many more injured and traumatised. Staff heartbroken by losing the dogs they cared for. If you would include them all in your musical prayers today it would be appreciated.

    Thank you :)

  2. Denise McKenzie says:

    Please all pray for my daughter and her husband at this difficult time as their father is in his final stages of life. Thank You

  3. Jo Ann Philpot says:

    fyi Stella’s memorial is August 16th at 1:30 at Lummi Island Congregational Church. Some harpists in the area may want to attend,
    Randy has requested a harp circle . If you need information regardng this let me know.

  4. Dear IHTP family,
    Because Stella Benson was a leader in the international harp therapy field, a global harp therapy fund is first being initiated locally where she received treatment.

    Your initial donations are welcome at the link/address Christina has listed above. This is a “seed” fund which will serve as a model or impetus for harp therapy healthcare funding throughout the world.

    I am working closely with Duncan Saunders, Christina and Stella’s family to design a global fund which you may contribute to in your local area in the near future. Stay tuned for future discussions and developments.

    Though I have retired from active duty in harp therapy, my heart remains with you all in your important work.

    Sincerely,
    Christine

  5. It is times like this when we choose either to grief someone’s death or celebrate their life. Stella, I know you always chose life and so I wish to celebrate the gifts you gave us; music, mindfulness and memories. You have not only touched the harp and made great music but you touched our lives and made a great difference.

    As a physician I deeply respect your vision to bring the harp music to those in need of healing. I will remember you always when I hear those beautiful sounds in the halls of medicine. These are the silent lyrics in my heart to songs I will perform on the harp in your honor.

    Bella Stella

    Yours was the gift of those who speak in rhythms and call music their soul mate,

    Hands that touch a string and make it sing,

    Eyes that can envision a world of harmony, even when they are closed,

    Ears that can hear the silence as it echoes the heart’s murmurs of compassion,

    Lips that give voice to those who pray in whispers for a miracle of healing,

    Fingers that know where the sounds of life vibrate between the strings of a harp,

    Arms that hold an instrument of angels and teach them the harmony of hope.

    You gave us all a lullaby for our slumber and a melody for our awakening.

    We will listen for the song of your legacy reminding us to never forget to dream.

  6. Amy Raven says:

    I too am so sad at Stella’s passing. We were in classes together at MHTP and IHTP, and I was so impressed at her impact on harp therapy and her music. I will miss her greatly.

  7. terrri tacheny says:

    My heart is saddened to hear of Stella passing. She was such an inspiration for me in playing therapeutic harp music. Here is a magical occurrence that must be dear Stella at work among the stars. In June I bought a new harp from Gary and Eve Stone at Hobgoblin Music in Red Wing Mn. I mentioned Stella Benson and having attended her workshop she presented on playing therapeutic harp a few years back at Hobgoblin. Gary and Eve told me that Stella was ill. After bringing my harp home I began playing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”. I felt compelled to play it over and over upon that new harp that I have come to love so much. I just read about this song becoming the song to play for those passing. I do think it a small message from spirit that Stella needed those beautiful notes to be played as she held to the last earthly strands of life here. I imagined harpists all over the world playing this simply beautiful melody over and over again helping dear Stella to lift her heart and soul and receive her heavenly wings. May her spirit of healing light continue to beam down upon us all inspiring more and more musicians to play therapeutic notes of healing for all beings. May her presence be always with our hearts and souls guiding us in our healing work.

  8. Jo Ann Philpot says:

    Stella was my teacher, friend and neighbor, before she died she came to my house to just sit and watch the bees ( I raise bees) . She had asked me to play harp. We would dance together and were great Rock and Roll partners, We played music together and sang. I have constantly played Wayfare which she composed since her passing as that expresses so much of my feeling for her music and life. She touched so many people. I had the priviledge of playing harp for the family while she was removed from life support. That was one of the most emotional moments for me. As family gathered around I could not see Stella and tears streamed down my face. I kept playing. I knew Stella was with me in my playing and I no longer had to see her just feel her. She has visited me in my dreams many times before and since her passing. I feel she will always be with me.

  9. Kevin Roddy says:

    I knew Stella through her extensive body of musical therapy work. She was one of the pioneers in the field and will be sorely missed. Her work will live on in me and countless others.

    “What is remembered’ lives.”

  10. Christina Tourin says:

    Christine Magussen, Duncan Saunders and I are setting up a Therapeutic Harp Fund for engaging therapeutic harp players in hospitals in Stella’s Memory in lieu of flowers. We will post information on how you can donate. Please stay tuned to the BLOG. Stella’s assistant said that funeral services probably won’t happen at least for a week.

  11. Masayo Honjo says:

    I know Stella only through her book “The Healing Musician”. I loved that book and I could feel her warmth and care to the patients.

  12. Carol Sack says:

    Stella seems present still, even as she seemed partially on the Other Shore even while on this side. Stella allowed myself and a wonderful colleague to take her on-line course when it was in its infant stages. We were so impressed with Stella’s warm and artistic and intelligent heart and mind and guidance. Truly a mentor she was and is. So much love surrounds her essential memory now. Truly her life was blessed to be a blessing. Thanks to my colleague, her book THE HEALING MUSICIAN is now translated into Japanese. ARIGATOU, STELLA SAMA.

  13. Christina says:

    From Tess from Paris, France:
    I’m so sorry to hear about this sad news…my heart goes out to Stella’s family and to the IHTP community. My cousin recently passed away from cancer also and I will include Stella in my prayers and when I play Somewhere Over the Rainbow. There are two new angels now in heaven watching over us all…

    Blessings to you, your family and the IHTP community,
    Tess

  14. I was blessed to be able to take a Resonant Tone workshop with Stella, and to be in close relationship with many of her students. I loved her books, and her relationship with music. She made complex ideas understandable, simple, and most of all, doable.

    Bon voyage, Stella! Meet you at the harp bar afterwards, ok?

  15. Christine Van Den Bossche says:

    Thank you for sharing your wisdom in your book “the healing musician”, Stella.

    I honor you with your own words:
    “While maintaining our integrity and honesty about what healing music can do and what it can not do, we continue to foster a clear view for those who don’t yet understand the medical benefits of healing music. It is ironic that such a natural expression such as music can do so much for our body, mind, heart and spirit. It is truly a sacred art.”

    Christine (Belgium)

  16. Pixie Wright says:

    Stella was my teacher for therapeutic music, and she was my friend. We took Sarajane’s VAHT course together and Stella came to my house afterward. We had such fun together visiting Amish-run shops and hanging out in our music room. My own cancer isolated me for a good bit of last year, so I was shocked to hear about Stella’s cancer and passing. It leaves a hole in my heart.

  17. MargaretW says:

    Several of us remember Stella because she taught a module for MHTP (yes, MHTP) in the fall of 1999. I think it was just at the same time her book was published. I was band new. We will cherish her sincerity and pure good-heartedness toward all. She was a gift to our work. The photo reflects her graciousness. It is beautiful.

    Margaret Warczak

  18. Anna Jenkins says:

    I offer my sympathy to Stella’s family. On two different occasions I spent time with Stella in North Carolina at the SE Harp Weekend where she was teaching and I was helping in a booth. We had great conversations about family, music and harps. She spoke so fondly of her husband, children and grandchildren and the life she had on Lummi Island.

    Stella was one of my first teachers in the MHTP program and I learned to play music at the bedside from her. Her books guided me through my internship and first working experiences as a therapeutic musician. I still play from her books and will think of her whenever I play the chant music that is so soothing to people. She touched so many people with her music and her spirit.

  19. Margie Bekoff says:

    It was a gift, and privilege, to work with Stella on the National Standards Board. I will be ever grateful for her book, The Healing Musician, which I came across quite by chance before I knew anything about therapeutic music. I’m holding her and her family in the light.
    With love,
    Margie

  20. Eileen Warr-Marti says:

    Thank you, Stella, for expanding our hearts and minds with your gentle ways, humor, musical knowledge and compassion in playing.

  21. Beth Kollé says:

    So much love has surrounded Stella, and now the memory of Stella. Clearly she was loved by everyone who knew her.

    Randy, Diana, all the rest of the family, my heart goes out to you.

    Much love from all of us,
    Beth, Jack, Lily and Reijer Kollé

  22. María Emilia Gagneten says:

    It’s a pleasure for me to know so many beautiful things about Stella through the comments I’m reading. Sure she will continue guiding our HT community all over the world. Peace and Blessings for her family.
    María Emilia, from Santa Fe, Argentina. No time, no space.

  23. Anita Leschied says:

    Stella never seemed to seek the spotlight but her steady hand at the resurgence of harp therapy will leave a long lasting legacy. Her books and webinars/seminars are ones I refer to still. A gentle light has been passed to the eternal. May she join the choirs of angels and accompany them with the celestial harp.

  24. Barbara von Behren says:

    I feel so honored to have been a student of Stella’s. I am deeply saddened by her passing, but so very grateful to have been touched by her wisdom, knowledge, gentleness, encouragement, and lovely sense of humor. What a beautiful spirit she shared with the world.

    My first memory of Stella was her singing La Llorona, a song from her childhood, at a PSFHS festival a few years ago in Port Townsend, WA. She closed her eyes and in her beautiful Spanish sang from her heart and her memories.

  25. Gee. What a loss to the whole world!
    First met Stella @ the harp conference in Richmond in 2000 and was last with her @ SE Conf in NC. What a legacy she leaves to so many, especially therapeutic musicians…..
    Virginia

  26. Lethea Erz says:

    Stella was an inspiration to me in many ways. She was my classmate first in MHTP and then in IHTP, and her healing harp CDs inspired me to record my own, back in the late 1990’s. I respected her greatly for her tireless advocacy of therapeutic music, backed by solid scholarship, and I’ve often been comforted by listening to her soothing music, which I’ve enthusiastically recommended to many other people, as well. My deep empathy to her family in your loss, which is a loss to all of us, and the world.

    Shalomaloha, arohanui, namaste,

    Lethea Erz

  27. DominiqueF says:

    I never met Stella….but I’m so gratefull for the fantastic work she did! I learned so much from her books ,and still do!

    So ,Stella, thank you for the amazing work you did, for the enthousiasm and motivation to be/become good harptherapy-practitioners you transmitted to all of us….
    I send you all my love to you, to your Soul ,on her journey to the Light now!
    Also I send all my love to your family, and wish them strength to accept your passing away….
    Dominique Faveere, Belgium.

  28. Cláudia Miranda says:

    I’m connected with all Stella’s friends and also connected with her soul that is now free. With love and compassion. I’ll read again her book.
    Cláudia

  29. Christina Tourin says:

    From Stella’s Husband, Randy:
    My wife, Stella Benson, passed away peacefully at St Joseph’s
    Hospital ICU in Bellingham, WA. She died from pneumonia and acute respiratory stress syndrome and was also battling lung cancer. She was surrounded by her husband, sister, children, grandchildren, therapeutic musicians, pastoral care, and an incredibly compassionate clinical staff. She gave love to so many, both as a healing musician and a friend, and so many sent her love in return as she struggled with her illness. I will miss her desperately but I’m so grateful that she could be released from her disease and start off, lightened of all burdens, on her soul’s next great adventure

  30. Sarajane Williams says:

    Hi all,

    As you’re probably aware by now, we’ve lost our dear sister Stella Benson. I would like to include an article about her in the fall issue of the HTJ. If you or any of your students have any quotes, memories, list of accomplishments or information (including obituaries) about Stella that you’d like to share, could you please send the information to me at your earliest convenience?

    Thanks in advance.

    Best wishes,
    Sarajane

  31. Christina says:

    Dear Tina,

    Stella was/is a foremost harp therapy pioneer in this plane. Perhaps now she leads the way on the other side.

    The world harp community may wish to create a landmark harp therapy fund in her name to provide funding for venues that have not earmarked or recognized the value of harp therapy. This would help bring your dream of ‘a harp in every hospital by 2020′ to reasonable fruition.
    It is Stella by Starlight now. I envision her ‘beaming.’

    All my love to all of the IHTP community,
    Christine Magnussen

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