• “Changing The Way We Die” Authors To Speak In Monterey Oct. 29

    Award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel will present at VNA Hospice

    The authors of a ground-breaking book on death in America will speak at Central Coast VNA & Hospice in Monterey this Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

    Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel’s “Changing The Way We Die” is “the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through gripping stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market,” according to the book website at changingthewaywedie.com.

    The authors have written for a wide range of publications including Psychology Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Prevention, and Health.
    Smith shared a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News.
    At Wednesday evening’s free event, the two will give a presentation on their findings about end of life care, and will join a panel discussion. Among the topics to be covered:

    • 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.

    The evening will include:

    • A 45-minute presentation from the authors;
    • A 45-minute Q&A discussion, moderated by Siobhan Greene of Hospice Giving Foundation. On the panel will be Sheila Himmel, Fran Smith; Vicki Nelson; Ann McKenchie, MSW; Connie Riley Chaplain and Walter Eusebio, RN;
    • Resources tables featuring Central Coast VNA & Hospice; The Hospice Giving Foundation; Compassionate Care Alliance; Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Hospice of the Central Coast and Heartland Hospice;
    • “Changing the Way We Die” book signing and sales.

    People interested in attending the event can find more information and a registration link at ccvna.comor hospicegiving.org.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 27, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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