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Gen-X hospice social worker Carolyn Gartner recounts her internship through the wilds of Brooklyn, weaving together various patients’ stories and the lessons she gleaned from them.
About Death, Brooklyn, and the Gritty Side of Grace:
Death, Brooklyn, and the Gritty Side of Grace is a hospice social worker’s journey through her internship in the wilds of Brooklyn. It weaves together various patients’ stories and the lessons gleaned from them. She meets a man who dies in his family’s living room with nowhere for the body to go; a middle-aged man who angrily, tenaciously fights death (and fights his hospice worker); a cancer patient, who is eerily – frighteningly – similar to her. And the unlikely mentor, a Jamaican nurse, whose friendship provides guidance and spiritual insight. Both darky comic and spiritually uplifting, it’s the story of how, immersing herself in death, an irreverent Gen X-er found her life’s work.
About the Author:
Carolyn Gartner, LMSW, is currently a hospice social worker with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York. She graduated from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College where her writing won the Jacob Goldfein Award for scholarship. She lives in Brooklyn, which only helps to feed her music obsession.
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