Surviving Hospice: An Exposé

A Chaplain's Journey Into the Business of Dying and How To Find a Trustworthy Provider

This book recounts a chaplain’s unintended sojourn into the business-side of dying.

The narrative describes the negative impact on the hospice space by professional investors and the subsequent harm to patients, their families, and staff. Hospice care was originally designed to provide comfort and pain management to its primary stakeholders, its patients.

Hospice is NOT the problem. The profiteering that has been allowed to consume this end-of-life benefit IS the problem.

Praise for Surviving Hospice

"Powerful, beautifully written, and eye-opening, this book spotlights the inner workings of a multi-billion-dollar industry and the effect on patients, families, and hospice staff. The author shares poignant accounts of hospice at its best and worst and the hard-hitting truths she learned on her journey. A must-read for family members exploring hospice care.”

- Stacy Juba, author, editor, and award-winning health journalist

"Maryclaire Torinus speaks with authority, providing this essential handbook for choosing a hospice care team and why that selection really matters.”

- Laura Kukowski, CEO For-Profit Badger Hospice, LLC

"Maryclaire Torinus invites you to join her at the bedsides of dying patients. Her enlightenment becomes your learning as each chapter unfolds. Her admiration for hospice helps her see its darker side. Her list of interview questions for those seeking good, community-oriented hospice is a valuable tool."

- Larry Patten, Retired United Methodist Minister, Hospice Chaplain, author of  “A Companion for the Hospice Journey.”

The Wisconsin Writers’ Association Literary Journal

Creative Wisconsin

Maryclaire’s essay “A Place Just Right” is included in the Creative Wisconsin Literary Journal 2017. Talented members of the Wisconsin Writers Association have created a collection, including both prose and poetry, to fill an anthology with inspiring, amusing, imaginative work.

Praise for Maryclaire’s writing

“Maryclaire has mastered the art of writing: in a form that describes deep feeling and grace and leads readers to a (magical) place. The essay describes a powerful time in every child’s life when they must say goodbye to their parents. . . (describing) the death of a mother eloquently and profoundly by a grieving daughter. Death is not usually described like this – in this much detail and beauty. The lyrical writing flows with the pace of a song – not one word is out of place.” – Laurie Scheer

Laurie Scheer (MA, DePaul University) is a writing instructor, mentor, professional speaker, and the former director of the annual UW-Madison Writer’s Institute for Continuing Studies. She has published two books. She is the Founding Editor of the Midwest Review literary journal.

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