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Changing the Way We Die

Compassionate End-of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement

What You Need to Know Before You Need to Know It

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.

More than 76 million baby boomers are starting to turn 65 and 97 percent of Americans want to be better informed about end-of-life care. Changing the Way We Die is a vital and uplifting resource for readers facing life’s most challenging moments.

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“If you invest a few hours in reading this book, it will help you avoid months of suffering for people you love in the days to come.” —Stephen P. Kiernan, author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life From the Medical System

“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"

“The words of patients and hospice people that fill Changing the Way We Die reflect great wisdom and self-honesty.” —Joan Halifax, Ph.D., author of Being With Dying



Fran Smith has written for O: The Oprah Magazine, Redbook, Salon, Good Housekeeping, and many other newspapers and websites. A former John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford University and Pulitzer Prize winner, she lives in Dobbs Ferry, NY.

Sheila Himmel is a Psychology Today blogger and the coauthor of Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia. A recipient of many awards, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.