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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, […]

Let’s Talk About Death and Social Justice

December 4, 2012 by

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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 […]

“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 […]

“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 […]

“Healthy, honest, and healing.” An interview with Joe Primo

May 30, 2012 by

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Joe Primo is the Associate Executive Director at the Good Grief Center for grieving children and teens in New Jersey and a board member of the National Alliance of Grieving Children. He earned his master’s of divinity degree at Yale University. Primo’s essay, “The Business of Grief,” which draws from his personal experiences as a […]

“Getting through the day” An Interview with Carol Cooley

May 24, 2012 by

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Carol Cooley has worked as a physical therapist and advocate for seniors and disabled adults since 1994. She was named a finalist in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2010 short story competition and earned an honorable mention in Glimmer Train’s May 2011 Short Story Award for New Writers. She currently lives and works in the […]

“Our souls reach out for what’s nourishing.” An Interview with Howard Mansfield

May 18, 2012 by

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In “Waiting (to Go Home),” Howard Mansfield composes portraits of the nursing homes that confine his parents in their “Godot-like absurdities” and the hospitals that function as “disassembly line[s].” Mansfield is the author of six books about preservation and history, including “In the Memory House” and “The Same Ax, Twice.” His most recent book is […]

“Fears, joys and struggles.” An Interview with Anne Jacobson

May 16, 2012 by

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Anne Jacobson is a family physician with a master’s in Public Health. Her work has appeared in JAMA. She lives with her husband and two children in Chicago. Her essay “To Morning” describes a difficult night late in her residency—three codes, three deaths: one young woman with a sudden illness, an older man with no […]

“Most nurses carry invisible wounds.” An interview with Patricia McCarthy

May 14, 2012 by

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Patricia McCarthy is a registered nurse who resides with her husband and children in Chicago, Illinois.  In “Do You Remember?”—her first publication— McCarthy addresses the dying patients she consoled, entertained, and helplessly watched over, as well as those who suffered in spite of the overworked hospital staff’s best efforts. “I often cannot remember faces and […]

“In a strange way, Dad’s lingering illness was a gift to us both.” An interview with Sandell Morse.

May 9, 2012 by

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Sandell Morse, a fellow at the Vermont Studio Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, currently facilitates workshops for the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and for the New Hampshire Writers’ Project. Her work has appeared in many literary magazines and anthologies and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In her essay […]