Australian Story - Heaven Sent (Peter Roberts)
Peter Roberts isn't a musician who works in the public eye. He doesn't entertain or play his music on stage yet he's played to thousands of people and had a lasting impact on each and every one of them.
An accomplished musician, he opted to give up a lucrative career as a businessman and retrain overseas at his own expense to become Australia's only music 'thanatologist'.
It's a little-known specialty that involves playing music to ease pain and give solace to the dying. Such a job would be confronting to many, but Peter Roberts has chosen to meet Western society's taboos about death and dying head on and make his own personal contribution to a 'good death' for as many people as possible. His particular brand of music has found a receptive audience of doctors, nurses, patients and their families and the physiological benefits are now verified in a range of medical studies.
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