Creating a calming and peaceful atmosphere
for those nearing the end of their lives.

"The journey with others begins in the birth of an uttered prayer etched on the hearts of those who care"
—Jocelyn Sherman

About Us

In May of 1999 Cass Jendzurski, a Lancaster County, PA professional vocalist and professional performer experienced something that forever changed her course of direction in the use of her time and talents. She found herself gathered with two nuns at the bedside of a dying member of their religious community, the Dominicans Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary. These are cloistered (monastic) nuns, not the teaching or nursing sisters that we see out and about in our communities. Cass had volunteered to drive the nuns to the hospital to visit Sister Martha, one of their very ill and aged nuns from the Monastery of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Lancaster.

Upon entering Sister Martha’s room the nuns began to softly sing a cappella to Sister Martha. Cass followed their lead and sang or hummed with them. There was a peace and sanctity in that room and in that moment that shall never be forgotten. Sister Martha passed so blessedly in that touch of music that Cass and the nuns barely knew she had taken her last breath. Sister Martha’s passing was happy and holy. 

Through this experience Cass felt the call of God to found a volunteer ministry of music to the dying of Lancaster County. By the new year of 2000 Cass had invited 3 others to join her in this ministry and Songs for the Journey was underway, attending with live music to the dying of two local medical facilities.

Today we journey with those who are dying at 30 local medical facilities or hospices. We have 60 volunteer members involved in this ministry each of whom is called and committed in their service to our dying of the community. The end-of-life comfort care that we provide through music is highly and widely respected by the medical community of Lancaster. We have no one to thank for this growth other than God Himself who is our Guide and our Provider in this ministry.

Cass went on to study therapeutic music and received certification as a professional therapeutic musician. Cass has been the coordinator and trainer voluntarily for Songs for the Journey since its conception. Her training as a professional therapeutic musician that is shared with our volunteer members enhances the quality of comfort care that we provide.

Over the years newspaper articles, videos and radio shows featuring Songs for the Journey have been written or filmed. We have inspired the formation of similar ministries in many other communities.

Songs for the Journey is a ministry that is independent of any one hospice or health care facility.  We are not affiliated with any one church. The financial provisions for this ministry come unsolicited from individuals and organizations. We are a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization and we are governed by a Board of Directors.