"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