As a PhD candidate, I became involved in hospice which was a new
entity at the time. It was the best job I’d ever had. It was
the most incredible clinical experience to be able to sit at the
kitchen table and help families make decisions, and be with people
at their bedside to help them reconcile with what they need to
accomplish before the end of life.
I have the opportunity to coordinate partnerships in aging
education, with specialized internships for students who want to
work with older adults. There is a real synergy between the
literature that I review, the work that I do, the questions that I
ask and what I take into the classroom. I’m firmly committed
to teaching my students how to have this conversation with people
about what they want, how to approach difficult topics, and
to recognize the universal human right to a good death.