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:



Dreama Powell
Stella Benson
Peter Summers
Katrina Watson
Joanna Novosedlik and Dad Bill
Becky Walker Jo Philpot
Laura Shanahan Egloff Steve and Jan MacArthur and family Masayo Honjo,  her husband, Julian and Gentry Karen Huckle Michelle Therese and her father Cheryl Kissling and family
Bambi and Mindy


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

317 Responses to “Caring – Prayers and Well Wishes”

  1. 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)

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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,

  6. Eileen Warr-Marti says:

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

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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…..

  12. 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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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

  16. 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,

  17. 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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