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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