A palliative music practice for end of life care


SacredFlight is a not-for-profit charitable organization of certified music-thanatologists. We serve people who are terminally ill or dying, providing live music prescriptively with harp and voice in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and private residences in the greater Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, areas. We are also available for educational presentations to community groups and healthcare organizations.

Sharing Our Sorrow...

Sharilyn Cohn 8/16/1954 – 9/17/2020

Sharilyn was co-founder and guiding star of SacredFlight.
She brought an entrepreneurial spirit and keen vision to our music-thanatology practice.
You can learn more about Sharilyn in her obituary at OregonLive Obituary

Continuing on...

Between Sharilyn’s illness and the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s been quite a year around here. In mid-March we closed our practice for two and a half months as we explored ways to continue serving people who are terminally ill. We established a protocol for providing remote vigils and in July were invited back into the hospitals. Thanks to the generosity of our donor base and with proceeds from a Payroll Protection Program loan/grant, we were able to continue paying our staff, Barbara and Jean, during the down months.

We are optimistic about the future and fully planning to continue serving the community well into the future. If you have any questions, I welcome an email at barb[at]

2019/2020 Events

20th Anniversary Spring Renewal Concert

POSTPONED for the safety of our music-thanatologists and our communities.

Stay tuned for information about rescheduling our concert at a later date.

Free Admission

Music-Thanatology Association International
Annual Conference