Chalice of Repose Project ®
Mission Statement

The mission of The Chalice of Repose Project is to:

  • Lovingly care for the physical and spiritual needs of the dying with prescriptive music;
  • Make patient-care services available to individuals and loved ones during the weeks, days and hours leading up to and including the moments of transitus;
  • Educate clinicians, care-givers, administrators, institutions, and the general public about contemplative musicianship, music-thanatology, monastic medicine, and the possibilities of a blessed, peaceful or conscious death;
  • Model and integrate these contemplative values into daily life, work environments, patient care programs, educational curricula, and all work-related initiatives;


The mission of The Chalice of Repose Project takes place through:

  • Local and national clinical services; national educational programs; local and national community outreach programs advancing both music-thanatology and contemplative musicianship; and spiritual retreats on prayer and music.
  • Creative collaborative relationships with colleagues, associations, hospitals, hospices, teaching institutions distinguished locally, nationally, and internationally in the arts and sciences of medicine, nursing, theology, music, and the humanities.
  • Scholarly / clinical research and publication in the palliative and pastoral care arts, humanities and sciences;
  • The support of right livelihood and continuing spiritual and clinical growth, scholarship and artistry in the field.

The text for this Mission Statement was first developed in 1985 in Denver, and later elaborated in 1992 during a Mission Statement retreat in Missoula. This current version of the Mission Statement is again the result of prayerful discernment and group retreat work following the 2002 relocation of the national office to Mt. Angel, Oregon.

Last updated Tuesday, 25-Feb-2014