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 […]

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Let’s Talk About Death and Social Justice

December 4, 2012
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There is this idea, lingering out there in grocery story aisles and behind white picket fences, that working in the profession of death, dying, and bereavement is depressing. This idea, at least as it tends to be conveyed by folks who admire or watch it from afar, seems to be juxtaposed with the notion that […]

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“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 […]

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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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