Moderator: Frances Shani Parker

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Frances Shani Parker is an award-winning writer, consultant, and former school principal. A hospice volunteer for many years, she is author of nationally endorsed “Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes.” With stories, poems, and general information, she presents a captivating account of her hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes and her insights on healthcare, caregiving, death, and bereavement. Her website is

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Book review for "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes” :

This may be Ms. Parker's greatest gift to her readers: bringing to life people and events that are indeed so often invisible. The writing is eloquent and powerful, and the stories are instructive and lasting. After finishing this book, I wanted to do more for other individuals who are dying, for as Ms. Parker so clearly imparts, the dying teach us so much about living well.

-Dr. Peter A. Lichtenberg, Director, Institute of Gerontology, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

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