• "This book belongs in every public and health-care library in America."
    —Library Journal (Starred Review)

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 $17 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.  (read more)
Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel.Fran Smith and Sheila Himmel

Marketplace on
American Public Media:
Why Roto-Rooter cares how you die
'Changing the Way We Die': A Deeper Look at Hospice Care

Fran Smith debunks hospice myths on Fox News:
Fran's blog for the Partnership for Palliative Care restoringqualityoflifeblog.org
Silver medal from the 2014 Independent Publisher book awards.