Guitars come out at a party or around a campfire; it’s a little startling to see one in a hospital. So when it happens, there’s a sense that the clinical austerity has been breached and friendship prevails. Robert had great friends who regularly visited him in hospital. He often associated friendship with music, as in his earlier drawing, Friends & Music. Music and art are used in palliative work to enhance connections with others, to bring comfort and a sense of meaning to a patient and family members during the later stages of illness.
Friend with guitar and patient