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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, […]

The Corpse Leads, We Follow: Medical Intervention at the End of Life

January 10, 2013 by

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Those of us who labor in the techno-confused trenches of American medicine need little reminder of how the profit driven machine seems to ramp up the closer a person is to death. We’ve counted the twenty drips hung around the patient in ICU Bed 2, glittering and glowing like the control panel of a jet […]

“We carry them with us.” An interview with Eve Joseph

April 23, 2012 by

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Eve Joseph is an award-winning Canadian writer whose most recent book is “The Secret Signature of Things.” Her essay “Yellow Taxi” was a runner-up for Creative Nonfiction’s Best Essay Award. In it, Joseph reflects on deaths she has witnessed—both in her personal life and in her years as a hospice worker—and the ways we talk […]