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 […]

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“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 […]

“Embrace the tragedy.” An interview with Larry Cripe

October 12, 2012
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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 […]

Justice Delayed…

September 30, 2012
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I followed a Medicare fraud case this year where a nursing home owner and his wife were convicted of using Medicare and Medicaid funds for personal use while their nursing home residents suffered abusive conditions.  The couple ran two nursing homes in Atlanta, Georgia from 2004-2007. As the story unfolded, I questioned what took so […]

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New Jersey’s Death with Dignity Bill Will Impact Grieving Children

September 27, 2012
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On September 24, Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) proposed the New Jersey Death with Dignity Act. Legislation around bills concerning end-of-life care is often fueled with emotion. I have the interesting perspective of having studied Medical Ethics with renowned Theologian and Ethicist Dr. Margaret Farley in 2005, which is when Terry Schiavo was in the spotlight. […]

Conversations That Matter

September 6, 2012
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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 […]

In the Service of the Good

August 30, 2012
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Far from the fiery six-winged beings crying holy, holy, holy with their flaming swords held high, angels today have come to represent benevolent, compassionate, sentimental presences that shine with new age light. People often called us angels when we arrived on their doorsteps but it was our strangeness with death as much as our familiarity […]

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

August 23, 2012
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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
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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 […]

“At a moment’s notice.” An interview with Caroline Burau

July 18, 2012
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Caroline Burau is the author of Answering 911: Life in the Hot Seat, a Reader’s Digest Editor’s Choice and finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Burau works as an emergency medical dispatcher in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and three cats. Her essay. “Life and Death and 911” gives a wry […]