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Reading: Changing The Way We Die

Monday, November 10 @ 7PM

Sheila Himmel & Fran Smith
CHANGING THE WAY WE DIE: Compassionate End of Life Care and The Hospice Movement
There’s a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care—nearly 44 percent of all deaths—and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Changing the Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape.

Changing the Way We Die is a vital resource for anyone who wants to be prepared to face life’s most challenging and universal event. You will learn:
— Hospice use is soaring, yet most people come too late to get the full benefits.
— With the age tsunami, it becomes even more critical for families and patients to choose end-of-life care wisely.
— Hospice at its best is much more than a way to relieve the suffering of dying. It is a way to live.

Winner of the 2014 Independent Publisher Award Silver Medal in Aging/Death & Dying

"This book belongs in every public and health-care library in America." —Library Journal, Starred Review

"Changing the Way We Die offers a bracing introduction to hospice at a time when an aging nation needs to consider alternatives to expensive and often inhumane traditional medical practices." —Bloomberg Businessweek

“Changing the Way We Die had me from the introduction and I was riveted to the last page. The book is thoroughly researched and documented. It is accurate and detailed. What lies upon its pages so needs to be said, examined, and hopefully addressed. I highly recommend this read for anyone directly or indirectly involved with end-of-life issues. I guess that means everyone since all of us have to deal with the end of life sometime, for ourselves or those we care about.” —Barbara Karnes, RN, author of Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience

“This beautiful book opens the lid on one of the most important treasures in our lives — how we can change the way we die. The book reminds us that we often can choose to enter the embrace of hospice, with its roots in compassionate care. I am grateful to the authors of this inspiring book.” —Joan Halifax, PhD, author of Being With Dying and founder of Upaya Zen Center
Fran Smith is a writer, editor, writing coach, and communications consultant. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine; Redbook; Salon; Good Housekeeping; Prevention; Health; the Los Angeles Times; USA Today, and dozens of other publications and websites. She has won many awards for medical reporting, health care investigations, and feature writing, and shared a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News. Fran co-authored the first reporters’ guidebook published by the Association of Health Care Journalists, and she is a frequent speaker on the power of storytelling, health care writing, and effective communications. She lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

Sheila Himmel is a Psychology Today blogger and co-author of Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia (Penguin, 2009). She is a contributor to Restoring Our Bodies, Reclaiming Our Lives (April 2011). Sheila writes for publications ranging from the New York Times to Eating Well to IEEE Spectrum: The Magazine of Technology Insiders. Her work has appeared in USA Today, the Washington Post, the Robb Report, M Magazine and the online magazine Obit. As restaurant critic of the San Jose Mercury News, Sheila won a James Beard Award for feature writing. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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