The VA Legacy Song Group
La Jolla, California
The VA Legacy Song Group is a collaborative intervention that combines the structure of life review and bearing witness with the art of storytelling, music, and art.
A Legacy Song encapsulates the participant's story through a shared collaborative experience that simultaneously builds connection, healing, and resiliency.
The Legacy Song process provides opportunities to share photos, music, stories, challenges, fears, and accomplishments during a minimum of three sessions with a therapist, chaplain, legacy songwriter, and peer support.
The participants are diverse, with individuals, families, couples, in all stages of life. These participants may be transitioning in end-of-life, experiencing grief, complicated grief, suicide loss, and trauma survivors.
The goals for the intervention are individualized and can include: increasing understanding of grief and loss, increasing acceptance, addressing uncomfortable feelings, creating a new narrative, defining a meaningful way forward, and reducing the potential for maladaptive behaviors.
Click on the images below for each member of the group's backstory and song.
Meet The Group
Feed the Beast
Missing the Boat
Through the Woods
The Head of the Spear