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Something About Me and My Book:
My name is Frances Shani Parker. A consultant, writer, hospice volunteer, and former school principal, I am author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes. This book is the captivating account of my hospice volunteer insights and experiences in Detroit nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems explore hospice care, urban nursing homes, caregiving, dementia, death preparations, and bereavement. Strategies for improving healthcare and nursing homes are examined.

Becoming Dead Right has several national endorsements. You can read more about the book at my website
You can read a review of my book here.
Visit my blog at “Hospice and Nursing Homes Blog.”
Listen to a podcast radio interview with me on "Detroit Today" WDET.

Praise for "Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes"

"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. This book is truly a gift. 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

Reading this book was extremely enlightening. Not like any other book I have ever read, it is so interesting and well written that I could hardly put it down. While maintaining universal appeal, perspectives of people of color are emphasized. I highly recommend this book for every individual who has ever experienced the illness and death of a loved one or who ever will. That includes everyone.
Naomi Long Madgett, Ph.D., Editor, Publisher, Poet Laureate of Detroit, Michigan

I have been working in the hospice industry full time for a little over two years and I have not seen a better depiction of this topic. Ms. Parker's book gives the most descriptive and genuine look into the true nature of hospice. Most people don't truly know the many benefits of hospice. Ms. Parker's book is informative, straightforward, factual and timely. I think her book should be used for training in hospice courses and within hospice organizations across the country.
Stephanie Bowden, Palliative Care Liaison

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 - and should - make important changes that can ensure safe, dignified, individualized care at the end of our lives.
Alice Hedt, Executive Director, National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform

Becoming Dead Right' gives us a blueprint for how we should approach dying and death. Ms. Parker gives us a wonderful examination of the nursing home experience, volunteers, and how we, in all areas of social service, can partner together to improve the delivery of the hospice philosophy. Most importantly, she brings to light the urgent need for quality care in communities with people of color. Regrettably, even in dying, there are disparities and injustice. Frances Shani Parker has written a remarkable book with a unique perspective.
Karyne Jones, President, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged

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Writing About Healthcare

For those who enjoy writing, hospice work can be a great source of inspiration. I have always been fascinated by the written word and the impact it has on readers. As I became more involved with hospice volunteering in Detroit nursing homes, I found myself writing poetry and prose about my experiences.

During poetry readings at various venues, I noticed that people approached me often to discuss a loved one who had been terminally ill. They seemed relieved to talk to someone…


Posted on March 5, 2012 at 4:29pm

Ten Steps to Becoming Dead Right

An eldercare consultant, I’ve been a hospice volunteer in inner-city Detroit nursing homes for many years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that death will come when it comes. Grappling with death and all its trappings can be so much easier when it’s approached like any other important life event. Preparation includes following a workable plan that brings comforting closure when that earthly destination is reached. These ten steps on a journey featuring scenic routes will lead to… Continue

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 12:37am

Fiction Contest Award for BAD Writing

San Jose State University's Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest honors bad writing. Listen and read this NPR account by the winner, David McKenzie of Federal Way, Wash., who beat out hundreds of entries from around the world for crafting the worst-written beginning to an imaginary novel.

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Posted on June 30, 2009 at 7:00pm

Detroit Death Ritual

This death ritual is an excerpt from my book Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, which shares my insights and hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes. In a chapter titled "Death Sentences," I relate the fascinating end-of-life journey of my hospice patient named Lelia. The afterlife is referred to as the Other Side of Through. Because Lelia had very little family support, the hospice chaplain organized her death ritual, which concluded in… Continue

Posted on May 23, 2009 at 12:30pm

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At 3:01am on November 28, 2008, Stuart Ross McCallum said…
Hello Frances,

From the reviews I have read: there is an important message within your chapters; we all deserve the right to die with dignity!

I will buy: "Becoming Dead Right," thank you for writing such an important book.

Good health and happiness, Stuart (Australia)
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