It’s not common to think about the performing arts when you think about the end of life. Enter music-thanatology, a little known field where trained, accredited practitioners play harp music and sing in medical settings for terminal patients. Listen as I explored with Jennifer just how powerful sound is. This is the first of a two-part episode of my conversation with her.
Episode transcript: Coming soon!
- What is music-thanatology and what are music vigils
- Use cases for music-thanatology for patients and families
- Jennifer Hollis talks about her book, Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing for the Passage
Jennifer built her own harp in 1996. It’s a 31-string Gothic harp.
- Beyond pharmaceuticals; music as medical care
- The business of music-thanatology
- How Jennifer finds purpose in her work
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