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Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Religion, Health, and Healing) Hardcover – April 15, 2010

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"Superbly organized, informed and informative. . . .an especially recommended addition to academic library Psychology/Psychiatry and Health/Medicine reference collections, as well as the supplemental reading lists of both professionals and non-special general readers with an interest in end-of-life issues."

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Jennifer Hollis is a music-thanatologist at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA, and is the president of the Music-Thanatology Association International.

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  • Series: Religion, Health, and Healing
  • Hardcover: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger; 1 edition (April 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313362203
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313362200
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jennifer L. Hollis is a music-thanatologist and the author of Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage (Praeger). Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Sojourners, and Literary Mama, and she is currently working on a memoir. She has offered harp and vocal music to dying patients and their families at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center for more than ten years. She has a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School, where she previously served as the assistant director of admissions. You can connect with her at www.jenniferhollis.com or on Twitter @JenniferLHollis

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We have no choice with respect to how our lives begin. But we can exercise a wide variety of options with respect to the conditions relevant to how our lives can end. Indeed, with the increases in life expectancy, coupled with an increasingly aging population, end-of-life care issues are clearly emerging with significance with respect to the medical community. One very special addition to the growing body of end-of-life literature is "Music at the End of Life: Easing the Pain and Preparing the Passage" by Jennifer L. Hollis (music-thanatologist, Lahey Clinic Medical Center, Burlington, Massachusetts) in which 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. Music also has great worth as part of the process of grieving and letting go. Superbly organized, informed and informative, "Music At The End Of Life" is an especially recommended addition to academic library Psychology/Psychiatry and Health/Medicine reference collections, as well as the supplemental reading lists of both professionals and non-special general readers with an interest in end-of-life issues.
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Music at the End of Life offers a glimpse into a unique therapy combining harp and voice with subtle therapeutic presence for end of life care. In part, this book is a well-documented look at the current state of the profession and its path from inception to acceptance into mainstream hospitals, footnoted to offer the curious plenty of resources for further research. Woven skillfully throughout are memorable descriptions of what it is like to take part in a music vigil in the words of loved ones, practitioners, caregivers, and even patients who experienced them. The pain relief, emotional catharsis, therapeutic space, physiological comfort, the opening to grace, softening of the boundaries of protective consciousness, the gift of space for grieving without words... all aspects are explored. A therapy that operates without a narrative can reach spaces inside people where words cannot.
The author's steady voice offers story after story from a variety of people with first-hand descriptions of what harp and voice and intuitive presence can bring to the dying process. Buy it and pass it on to a hospital or hospice near you. Everyone involved in end of life care - ultimately, that's most of us - will appreciate this one.
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This book was fascinating to me, and deeply moving. I appreciate learning about the field of music thanatology and how it can be used to ease the suffering of the terminally ill. I loved how Hollis weaved stories of people's personal experiences with music thanatology with the history and theory of the practice. This is a great book for anyone interested in end of life care.
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