By now, the concept of hospice care is generally recognized in the United States. But few people have a broad understanding of how such services are provided, who performs them, and how they are received by patients and their families. Marietta Pritchard’s new book can rectify that deficiency---thanks to her insightful reporting, her moving account of how hospice helped with her own parents’ deaths, and simply listening to and recording of the people involved. In this third way, as Ronald Blythe did for an English village in his classic book, Akenfield, she brings hospice to life in a concrete and personal way.
Harold Varmus, MD
Nobel Laureate in Medicine