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).
My essays and nonfiction have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Century, and others. “Healing into Wholeness in the Episcopal church” appears in Religion and Healing in America (University of Oxford Press). In 2017, I researched and wrote a brief for Pew Charitable Trusts about religious communities in the US and end-of-life medical decisions.
I have been a certified music-thanatologist since 1999, offering harp and vocal music to patients at the end of life in Montana, Oregon, Chicago, and Boston. I was the president of the Music-Thanatology Association International from 2006-2012.
My bachelor’s degree is in child development from Connecticut College, and my master of divinity is from Harvard Divinity School, where I formerly served as an assistant director of admissions. I’ve also worked as the manager of a group home for teenagers, a child care worker at a respite care house, a student chaplain, and an ice cream scooper.
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!