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.
People who are seriously ill and those who care for them have much to teach us about life and death. I have the opportunity to utilize research-informed teaching to prepare the next generation of social workers for practice. 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.