Award-Winning Author Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith Launch "Changing the Way We Die" on Psychology Today

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Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith curate the stories of people dying well in their blog "Changing the Way We Die," based on the award-winning, newly released book of the same name.

Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-of-life Care and the Hospice Movement

Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End of Life Care and the Hospice Movement was recently released by Viva Editions, and has already won a USA Best Books Award in the category of Health: Death and Dying. It also reached number one in its category on the day it was released.

To further provide information for families and individuals concerned about end-of-life care and hospice, Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith have started a blog, "Changing the Way We Die," on Psychology Today. In the first article, they ask readers "What do you want to do with the rest of your life?"

"When we set out to write a book about hospice, we did not expect the central question to be: What do you want to do with the rest of your life?” But again and again, we found that once people accepted that dying was not an “if” but a “when,” hospice care opened up incredible possibilities for patients and families to find comfort, meaning, and even joy."

Changing the Way We Die
Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement
By Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel

There’s a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. Almost half of all Americans now die in hospice care, often at home, and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand.

Once viewed with suspicion as a New Age indulgence or fringe religious practice, hospice has become a $14 billion-a-year business and arguably the most successful segment of health care in America. In Changing the Way We Die, award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel investigate what hospice means to today’s aging population and their families. It’s the first book to take a sweeping look at the hospice landscape, reporting the stories of patients, caregivers and cutting-edge researchers, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own this market.

“What lies upon these pages needs to be said, examined and hopefully addressed. I highly recommend this for anyone directly or indirectly involved with end-of-life issues.” —Barbara Karnes, R.N. and author of "The Hospice Blue Book"

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