Stephen Kiernan tackles end-of-life care in Vermont Oct. 15

Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Stephen Kiernan, above, will present an update on the status of end-of-life care in Vermont Oct. 15 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. Courtesy photo
Best-selling author and award-winning journalist Stephen Kiernan, above, will present an update on the status of end-of-life care in Vermont Oct. 15 at the Hampton Inn in Colchester. Courtesy photo

Charlotte resident Stephen Kiernan will discuss “Now More Than Ever: The Imperative to Provide Hospice to More Vermonters” to generate discussion on the topic at a free community event on Oct. 15 from 7-8:30pm at the Hampton Inn in Colchester.
As one of the states that has the lowest rates of hospice utilization in the nation, the Visiting Nursing Association’s (VNA) Madison-Deane Initiative has booked renowned best-selling author and award-winning journalist Stephen Kiernan to present an update on the status of end-of-life care in Vermont. He will also propose a clear call-to-action to help further understanding of how hospice can help Vermonters and their families at the end of life.
The author of “Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System,” for which he interviewed terminally ill patients and their families from all walks of life as well as hundreds of physicians, Kiernan is a passionate advocate for quality end-of-life care and served on the Vermont Legislative Committee on Pain and Palliative Care. His research is supported by his personal experience and what he learned from the very different deaths of his own mother and father. Kiernan’s father died in a hospital, exhausted by futile medical interventions that focused on curing rather than providing comfort. His mother received home hospice care focusing on her comfort and pain management; she died in her bed with her family by her side. Kiernan has won numerous awards, including the Brechner Institute’s Freedom of Information Award, the Gerald Loeb Award for financial journalism, and the George Polk Award.
This event is free and open to the public, but due to space limitations RSVPs from anyone planning to attend are requested. For more information or to RSVP, please visit www.vnacares.org/mdi.