In today’s episode, Saul talks to Dr. Russell Hilliard about his journey and the impact of music therapy in death, dying and grief. Dr. Hilliard is the Senior VP, Patient Experience & Staff Development at AccentCare Hospice and the Founder of the Center for Music Therapy in End of Life Care.
His research, advocacy, and consultation have resulted in the development of first- time music therapy programs in hospices throughout the nation, thereby creating many new music therapy positions. He is the author of the text, Hospice and Palliative Care Music Therapy: A Guide to Program Development and Clinical Care, and his research has been published in a wide variety of scholarly journals. He also wrote a chapter titled, Music and Grief Work with Children and Adolescents, in a book titled Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children, edited by Cathy A. Malchiodi. Dr. Hilliard has provided keynote addresses for healthcare conferences and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences worldwide.