Frances Shani Parker and Anne Marie Gattari Television Interview: Aging Well in America

Frances Shani Parker, an eldercare consultant, former school principal, hospice volunteer, and author of Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, was featured guest on Aging Well in America, a television show hosted by Anne Marie Gattari. The interview covered these topics:

  • Hospice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Volunteering
  • Caregiving
  • Dementia
  • Death Preparations
  • Intergenerational Partnerships
  • Older Adult Stereotypes


Ernest Dempsey – The Blue Fairy and Other Tales of Transcendence

We spoke with author Ernest Dempsey about his new collection of short stories The Blue Fairy and Other Tales of Transcendence. Ernest Dempsey has authored four books and, in just the last few years, seen the publication of his poems, essays, short stories, and literary reviews worldwide. He is now the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine Recovering the Self: A Journal of Hope and Healing ( and also works as the country editor for Pakistan on the celebrated Internet news channel Instablogs. Dempsey is now looking forward to completing his first novel. Ernest Dempsey
Ernest Dempsey’s second collection of short stories The Blue Fairy takes a subject that has been dreaded for centuries – ‘Death’. It is one of the few works of fiction, which neither treats the subject as the ‘D word’ by bringing in fantasies of afterlife nor compromises the solemnity by trying to evaporate the reality of death in humor. Instead, Dempsey explores the many sides to the subject that make the final departure a meaningful reality of existence. Inspired mostly by real life experiences, Dempsey’s The Blue Fairy ingeniously integrates dying with living. It is a book for the soul. The Blue Fairy
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BlogTalkRadio (Nursing Home) Show “Kind Ethics” with Viki Kind

Viki Kind interviews author of Becoming Dead Right – A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes, Frances Shani Parker, on “Improving Nursing Homes”, An award-winning writer consultant and former school principal Frances shares insights and experiences about her years of hospice volunteering in Detroit nursing homes. Using stories poems and general information she has written a groundbreaking book that is an inclusive and literal guide for becoming dead the right way.Topics include hospice caregiving dementia death bereavement and strategies for improving eldercare and nursing homes. While universal perspectives are presented the often missing views of people of color and residents in urban nursing homes are examined.
Frances background as an educator and her upbringing in New Orleans LA add interesting layers to her problem solving in nursing homes and to her descriptive storytelling. She uses her writing and public speaking skills to advocate for senior citizens and promote conversations empowering others to have dignified death journeys. Her favorite anonymous quote is “If you think one person can’t make a difference you havent been to bed with a mosquito.” Visit Frances in cyberspace at and at her blog titled Hospice and Nursing Homes  http//
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Frances Shani Parker on Aging With Grace

Frances Shani Parker appeared on the Aging With Grace show with host Particia Grace to talk about issues related to taking care of aging parents, hospice, and the challenges faced by urban minorities in end-of-life care. Frances Shani Parker is a writer, consultant, and hospice volunteer. Her writing has won awards from Writer’s Digest, the Poetry Society of Michigan, the Detroit Writer’s Guild, Broadside Press, and the New Orleans Public Library. Among publications including her work are Black Arts Quarterly (Stanford University), Warpland: A Journal of Black Literature and Ideas (Chicago State University), and Voices of the Civil Rights Movement (AARP). Among venues at which her poems have been read are the International AIDS Conference in South Africa and “Artists Among Us,” sponsored by the Michigan Wayne County Council for Arts, History, and Humanities.
Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is the captivating account of Frances Shani Parker’s hospice volunteer experiences in Detroit nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems explore hospice care, urban nursing homes, caregiving, dementia, and disparities in healthcare. Pain management, death preparations, bereavement, and strategies for improving healthcare and nursing homes are also examined. This groundbreaking book has several national endorsements. “Becoming Dead Right” is published by Loving Healing Press and is available at, Barnes and Noble bookstores, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Marketplace, and other booksellers.

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