Black Aging Matters: How to Better Address Racism-Related Stress in African American Older Adults

Presenters for this webinar included Frances Shani Parker, author of Becoming Dead Right:  A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes.  This groundbreaking book is the captivating account of her hospice volunteer insights and experiences in Detroit, Michigan nursing homes. Stories, general information, and poems explore hospice care, urban nursing homes, caregiving, dementia, death, and bereavement. Pain management, death preparations, disparities in healthcare, and strategies for improving healthcare and nursing homes are also examined. Becoming Dead Right presents universal perspectives, particularly the often-missing voices of urban dwellers and people of color.

Becoming Dead Right: A Hospice Volunteer in Urban Nursing Homes is sold in America and several other countries at many offline and online booksellers such as in paperback and e-book editions.



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


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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