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Publication Info

  • Pub. date: Sep 2007
  • ISBN-10: 1932690352
  • ISBN-13: 9781932690354
  • 216 pages
  • 6.14 x 9.21" paperback
  • Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes
    By Frances Shani Parker

    All of us are entitled to the rewards of a peaceful, pain-free death. This book honors that with true stories about hospice patients and inspiring insights from the author. Becoming Dead Right guides us through the general and "how to" information maze that prepares us for dealing with death.

    Improving and expanding hospice services will require systemic changes in healthcare institutions, outreach to diverse populations, and funding. With the inclusion of hospice programs in nursing homes, dying with dignity becomes even more important. Millions of aging baby boomers heighten the urgency for better hospice care and conditions in nursing homes.

    About the Author

    Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer's Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer's Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and "Artists Among Us," sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.

    Parker has had essays and poems published in the educational arena, particularly on service learning, which is a teaching and learning method that connects classroom learning with meeting community needs. She has been honored with the 2007 Service-Learning Trailblazer Award presented by the National Service-Learning Partnership. Other honors include the Outstanding Educational Administrator Award presented by the Metropolitan Detroit Alliance of Black School Educators and the Educator of the Year Award presented by the Wayne State University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, an international professional fraternity for educators.

    Advance Praise for Becoming Dead Right
    "Becoming Dead Right gives us a blueprint for how we should approach dying and death. The author, through her impelling personal experiences as a hospice volunteer and her descriptive details of how each individual claims death, enfolds the reader into the many short stories that make us understand what hospice is all about." -Karyne Jones, President, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged

    "Before I read this book, I knew very little about hospice care. Reading this book was extremely enlightening. While maintaining universal appeal, perspectives of people of color are emphasized." -Naomi Long Madgett, PhD, Poet Laureate of the City of Detroit
    "This book is filled with poetry, stories, wisdom and common sense that can help boomers, students, caregivers and policy makers understand their own aging and realize that our society can make important changes that can ensure safe, dignified, individualized care at the end of our lives."
    -Alice H. Hedt, National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform
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