Exploring death, music, and spirituality through story and song
Cover art by Sarah McRoberts
Hospice Physician & Music Therapist: Music & Memory
This week in the Liminal we meet Hospice physician & end-of-life doula, Dr. Aditi Sethi, and musician & Hospice music therapist, Jay Brown, and listen to their illuminating original songs, stories, and reflections on the role of music in Hospice settings. To learn more about their work, visit aditimusic.com and jaybrownmusic.com.
Excerpt: Jen's Story
Music-thanatologist, Jen Hollis, shares the story of her last in-person music vigil in March 2020 before quarantine began. Jen's story is accompanied by an original composition, created and played by Dia Walker on harp.
Music-Thanatologist: Witnessing and accompanying the final tender moments of a life
“What I get to witness is other people coming to the hospital to say goodbye to people they love, whether they're the patient or the loved one, or even just the patient’s work of saying goodbye to their life. It is the gift and the honor of my life to be able to do this.” (Jen Hollis) Join me, Julia Reimann, a divinity student and aspiring chaplain, in this pilot episode of Life in the Liminal as we meet music-thanatologists, Jennifer Hollis and Dia Walker, and explore the interplay of music, presence, and silence in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beautifully constructed and presented
Julia Reimann is a deep listener and thinker. As a guest on this podcast, I had the opportunity to reflect on music-thanatology in a new way. And her use of music is unique and innovative, as she invites musicians to accompany guest stories, so that the music acts as a second voice. Highly recommend to anyone interested in music and end-of-life care.