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Last Wish

Stories to Inspire a Peaceful Passing


Lauren Van Scoy, M.D.

Published by Transmedia Books at Smashwords

Copyright ©2012 Lauren Van Scoy, M.D.

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Discussion Questions Developed and Written by Alicia Bloom

Alicia Marini Bloom, MSW, LSW, has been a social worker in the hospice and palliative care settings since 2006. She currently works for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, the nation’s leading hospice provider, in its Philadelphia, Pennsylvania program. In this role, Alicia cares for patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families as part of a multi-disciplinary patient care team, helping them access available resources and services and providing psychological and emotional support.  She also works to educate healthcare providers and the community at large about hospice and palliative care to increase access and use of critically important services to people living with serious illness and their families.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work, Alicia is published in the International Journal of Palliative Nursing for her experience as part of a clinical team that developed and implemented a palliative care educational program at the University of Botswana in Africa. She is also published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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