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NewPages calls the collection “important” and “beautifully written”

April 8, 2013

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Reviewer Cheryl Wright-Watkins has kind things to say about At the End of Life: As expected given the subject matter, this collection contains an ample amount of sadness. But these writers deftly use details, metaphor, and lyricism to create art instead of sentimentality. To read the full review, visit NewPages. Advertisements

“I’m not trying to squeeze one more day out if it’s a bad day.”

January 20, 2013

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Theresa Brown, a contributor to In Fact Books’ forthcoming I Wasn’t Strong Like This: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse, reflects on end-of-life decisions at the New York Times’ “Well” blog. She writes about a nurse, Amy, who in 2010 received a diagnosis of Stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and opted for quality of life […]

Dying Nurse Teaches Until the End

January 15, 2013

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We were struck by a recent New York Times article about Martha Keochareon, a nurse dying from pancreatic cancer, who invited students from her alma mater to her bedside: For Ms. Keochareon, this was a chance to teach something about the profession she had found late and embraced — she became a nurse at 40, […]

A Conversation with Ellen Goodman

January 8, 2013

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Ellen Goodman is a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and activist. After her mother’s death, Goodman, co-founded The Conversation Project—an organization “dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care.” The Conversation Project recently launched a campaign to give the Gift of Conversation, where you can print or email an invitation to start end-of-life talks […]

“We need to be as brave as our children.” An interview with Beecher Grogan

November 30, 2012

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Beecher Grogan is the director of a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by her daughter, Lucy Grogan. Lucy’s Love Bus delivers comfort to children with cancer through free integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditation and therapeutic horseback riding. Grogan is committed to healing the medical community and strives to educate physicians regarding the […]

Praise for At the End of Life

November 30, 2012

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Dr. Neil Vickers of King’s College has some kinds words for At the End of Life in his review [extract only] at Medical Humanities: All of the essays in the collection are beautifully written. They deserve to be read for that and for their authors’ honesty and the self-knowledge. Vickers is particularly struck by Beecher Grogan’s essay on […]

“What about all the time before that?” an interview with Maria Meindl

October 15, 2012

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Maria Meindl’s essays, poetry, and fiction have appeared in numerous journals. Her most recent book, Outside the Box details the life of her grandmother, writer Mona Gould, through documents left behind after her death. In Meindl’s essay “Rules,” she narrates the story of her mother’s time in a Jewish nursing home. In it, Meindl finds […]