“Hollis draws upon her own personal experience and expertise to illustrate how the experience of dying can be positively affected by and with music. Of special note is the documented discussion of the use of music in hospice care and the valued role can play as part of palliative medicine for terminal illnesses…Superbly organized, informed and informative…” Read the full review from the Midwest Book Review.

Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger) is available through any local independent bookstore,  Amazon, and many public libraries.




How Faith Communities Facilitate Conversations Around End-Of-Life Concerns, issue brief for The Pew Charitable Trusts, September 2017

Q&A interviews with faith leaders, prepared for The Pew Charitable Trusts, September 2017

How I Used a Yankee Swap to Clean My Whole Basement in Real Simple (online), June 2017

Music for the Dying in The Progressive Magazine, July/August 2016.

I let my stepdaughter find out the sex of my baby, but had her keep it a secret from me. in The Washington Post, On Parenting blog, May 6 2016.

Songs of Transition in The New York Times, The Opinion Pages, December 30, 2015 and the Sunday Review, January 3, 2016.

What Churches Don’t Get About Ministering to Marginalized Women in Sojourners, October 12, 2015

Providing the Soundtrack for Life’s Last Moments in The New York Times, August 2, 2015

On Writing Every Day in Literary Mama Blog, June 22, 2015

Everything Counts, in Literary Mama, April 15, 2015

The Flying Room in Word Riot, March 15, 2015

Dying Wishes, in Christian Century, November 12, 2014

Healing into Wholeness in the Episcopal Church in Religion and Healing in America, Linda Barnes and Susan Sered, Eds (Oxford: University of Oxford Press, 2005)

Lotus Flowers and Rose Windows: A Season of Visits to Hospital Chapels in Religious Healing In Boston: Reports from the Field, Susan Sered, Editor. (Cambridge: Center for the Study of World Religions, 2002.)

God Always Heals, But Does Not Always Cure: The Search for Healing in the Episcopal Church, in Religious Healing in Boston: First Findings, Susan Sered and Linda L. Barnes, Eds. (Cambridge: Center for the Study of World Religions, 2001.)