Welcome! I am a writer, music-thanatologist, and the author of Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger).

Smaller.Hollis.Book.CoverI write about death and dying, identity, religion, and art. My essays and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Progressive Magazine, The Christian Century, and others. My chapter on healing in the Episcopal church is part of Religion and Healing in America (University of Oxford Press).

After college I moved to Montana, built my harp from a kit and studied music-thanatology, and I have worked with patients in Montana, Oregon, Chicago, and Boston. I was the president of the Music-Thanatology Association International from 2006-2012.

I’m always thrilled to speak about music and end-of-life issues to religious, university and healthcare audiences.  Stories about my work have appeared on NPR’s Weekend Edition, the Boston Globe and several podcasts.

Thanks for being here, and I’d love to hear from you!

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