Hospice Volunteer Blogs for The Saturday Evening Post

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Indianapolis (October 10, 2013) — When writer Devra Lee Fishman’s dear friend and college roommate battled breast cancer in 2006, Fishman wanted to help in any way possible, but she felt fearful and unqualified to handle her friend’s pain. Her friend spent her final days in hospice care, where doctors, nurses, social workers, and grief counselors eased her friend’s suffering and the grieving process. “I am convinced they were all hiding angel wings underneath their scrubs,” Fishman writes.

In the aftermath, Fishman wanted to do something to honor her friend’s memory. She decided to confront her own fear of dying by volunteering at a local hospice. Now Fishman is documenting her experiences for “Hospice Girl Friday,” a new blog from The Saturday Evening Post.

According to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, a little over 1 million patients died under hospice care in 2011, representing approximately 44.6 percent of all deaths in the United States. In terms of number of programs and patients served, hospice care is growing, but few journalists are writing about the experiences of the terminally ill.

“The mechanized, dehumanizing—not to say frighteningly expensive—American way of death often treats patients like slabs of meat,” said Steven Slon, Editorial Director, The Saturday Evening Post. “We wanted to bring attention to the dignified alternative, hospice care, and Devra’s reporting from the front lines is a powerful way to do that.”

Readers can follow Fishman’s weekly posts along with other blogs from The Saturday Evening Post at http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/sections/health-and-family/blogs.

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