Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 17, 2011 at 7:00 AM

Death is one of those concepts that falls into the category of things left completely undiscussed by the portion of the population who believes that if one doesn't have anything nice to say, then they best keep their yaps shut.

But death is unavoidable. Failing to acknowledge it only worsens the impact when it inevitably arrives.

The mislabeled "death panels," or end-of-life counseling sessions that were originally part of President Obama's health-care reform, were designed to create a place where people could easily get the information they need to make informed decisions about things like hospice care. But as those got the kibosh, people must take those decisions into their own hands.

So today, why not do just that?

Photographer Lori Waselchuk will be at Rediscovered Bookshop signing copies of her book, Grace Before Dying, which documents the hospice program at Louisiana's Angola Prison.

From the book's website....

Grace Before Dying charts the extraordinary breakthrough in humanity that has helped transform one of the most dangerous maximum security prisons in the United States, Louisiana’s notorious Angola Prison, into one of the least violent. Poignant quotes from the incarcerated hospice volunteers and patients accompany the searing photographs set in a carefully built sequence that charts the development of a culture of caring and compassion that challenges stereotypes of incarcerated people, and provides an intimate perspectives on what long-term and life sentences signify for those inside.

The signing starts at 7 p.m. and is free.

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