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Dying Nurse Teaches Until the End

January 15, 2013 by


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, […]

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

May 9, 2012 by


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 […]

“How do you say, ‘I killed somebody today’?”: An Interview with Gulchin A. Ergun

April 26, 2012 by


Gulchin A. Ergun is a clinician educator, the clinical service chief of gastroenterology and the medical director of the Digestive Disease Department, Reflux Center and GI Physiology Lab at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. In “Twelve Breaths a Minute”—her first published essay—Ergun recalls her first experience, while working as an ICU intern, of being […]

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

April 23, 2012 by


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 […]

Can a One-page Form Help Facilitate End-of-Life Discussions?

March 14, 2012 by


Citizens in Iowa will have some help discussing their wishes related to end-of-life care with their physicians. A law that goes into effect July 1 creates a new document, the IPOST or Iowa Physician’s Order for Scope of Treatment, intended to facilitate discussion of patient preferences and govern physicians’ responses. With numerous studies suggesting patients […]

Veterans at the End of Life

February 10, 2012 by


Alarming statistics about the number of American veterans facing tough end of life decisions, and one hospice doing its best to help: A quarter of Americans facing the end of life today are veterans, and they often experience specific challenges related to their military service. Delaware Hospice is emerging as a national leader in helping […]

New Book!

February 9, 2012 by


What should medicine do when it can’t save your life? The modern healthcare system has become proficient at staving off death with aggressive interventions. And yet, eventually everyone dies–and although most Americans say they would prefer to die peacefully at home, more than half of all deaths take place in hospitals or health care facilities. At […]