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Follow Fran and Sheila's blog, Changing the Way We Die, at Psychology Today. Here are their latest posts:
Changing the Way We Die
Dual citizenship as a doctor and as a seriously ill patient had taught him that respectful communica [...]
Hospice is moving into the health care mainstream. A longtime hospice nurse explains why that’s not [...]
At the end of life, people sometimes find time and focus to do things they've always wanted to [...]
What's with all the doctors writing poems, novels and plays? Not to mention memoirs and opinion [...]
"This book belongs in every public and health-care library in America."
—Library Journal (Starred Review)
"Refreshingly honest, candid, and comprehensive."
—David Kuhl, author of What Dying People Want: Practical Wisdom for the End of Life
"Finally a spotlight on a crucial conversation that has the potential to reduce the suffering of millions of people at the end of life."
—M.J. Ryan, author of Attitudes of Gratitude and The Power of Patience
—Joan Halifax, PhD, author of Being With Dying
|There’s a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care — nearly 44 percent of all deaths — and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $17 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care.|
Changing The Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through gripping stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market. (read more)
American Public Media:
Why Roto-Rooter cares how you die
|KQED Radio NPR:
'Changing the Way We Die': A Deeper Look at Hospice Care
Fran Smith debunks hospice myths on Fox News:
Fran's blog for the Partnership for Palliative Care restoringqualityoflifeblog.org
Silver medal from the 2014 Independent Publisher book awards.