Pub. date: Sep 2007
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
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
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