Triangle Native Uses Her Music To Help Hospice
Posted August 19, 2001 11:05 a.m. EDT
DURHAM — Kyler England found solace in her music after her mother's death from cancer. The former N.C. State chemistry major used to perform in local coffee shops, but now is pursuing a music career in New York. Saturday night, though, she was at Duke, performing the songs she wrote when her mother was dying.
"When I started performing them, I noticed they were helping other people too, helping them to deal with their feelings and have a release," said England.
Music was England's release, but she also felt indebted to hospice workers who cared for her family.
"Hospice was amazing. They came in and were supportive of my mom and helped her be in as little pain as possible. They were also as compassionate as possible towards my family," said England.
England recorded a 5-song CD to benefit the hospice. She is also donating proceeds from her Duke concert.
Officials with Triangle Hospic say even more important than the money is the message England is spreading.
"When someone like Kyler, or maybe someone who is in the audience starts to talk about end-of-life issues with family members and starts to broach the possiblity of hospice as an option -- that's probably the most valuable thing of all to us," said Laurie Scott of Triangle Hospice.
England will tour the East Coast in October. She has dates all over the northeast and southeast. She will continue to sell the CD and will continue to donate 50 percent of the proceeds to Triangle Hospice.