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Dying Nurse Teaches Until the End

January 15, 2013 by

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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 by

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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 […]

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

October 15, 2012 by

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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 […]

“Embrace the tragedy.” An interview with Larry Cripe

October 12, 2012 by

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Larry Cripe is a leukemia specialist who researches physician-patient communication and medical decision-making. He also writes for Grace Notes, a radio essay series. His essays have appeared in JAMA. In his essay, “The General,” Cripe remembers the difficulties he’s faced and the relationships he formed during his career as an oncologist. Interview conducted by Jasmine […]

Conversations That Matter

September 6, 2012 by

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Every day I am confronted by the snarl of technology-gone-awry known as the American system of healthcare. The good news is we have the best healthcare technology available. The bad news is we don’t always know how or when to use these expensive tools, particularly at the end of life. This is why the mission […]

“Be frank and realistic.” An interview with Valerie Seiling Jacobs

August 23, 2012 by

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Valerie Seiling Jacobs practiced law for over 20 years before fully turning to writing; she is the author of “Packing for the Ineffable,” which appeared in the New York Times, and numerous essays on politics, the environment, and family. Jacobs currently teaches at the Westport Writers’ Workshop and holds a fellowship at Columbia University, where […]

“Embracing the struggle.” An interview with Eugenia Smith

July 31, 2012 by

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Eugenia Smith writes fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. She lives in Minneapolis and works in communications. In her essay “The Deep Truth,” Smith reflects on the suicide of her terminally ill 74-year-old mother, Ruth. Interview conducted by Jasmine Turner. *** What sort of difficulties did you face while writing about such personal events? I have […]