Fran Smith & Sheila Himmel

Monday, February 3, 7:30 p.m. 

Changing the Way We Die: Compassionate End-Of-Life Care and the Hospice Movement

Prize-winning journalists Sheila Himmel and Fran Smith had very different experiences with their fathers' deaths, one in hospice and one in the hospital. In their book, Changing the Way We Die, they explore the choices we all have.

There’s a quiet revolution happening in the way we die. More than 1.5 million Americans a year die in hospice care—nearly 44 percent of all deaths—and a vast industry has sprung up to meet the growing demand. Once viewed as a New Age indulgence, hospice is now a $14 billion business and one of the most successful segments in health care. Changing the Way We Die, by award-winning journalists Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel, is the first book to take a broad, penetrating look at the hospice landscape, through gripping stories of real patients, families, and doctors, as well as the corporate giants that increasingly own the market.

Fran Smith is a writer, editor and writing coach. She has won numerous awards for medical reporting, health care investigations and feature writing and shared in a Pulitzer Prize as a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News.

Sheila Himmel is a James Beard Award-winning food writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. She and her daughter, Lisa, confront the power of food and eating in Hungry: A Mother and Daughter Fight Anorexia.

Event date: 
Monday, February 3, 2014 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
94025-4349 Menlo Park