Jennie Dear is a writer in Durango, Colorado. Dear received her undergraduate degree in the history of ideas from Williams College, and reported for small-town newspapers in Tennessee, Kentucky, and New Zealand.
After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, Dear taught for ten years as an associate professor of English at Fort Lewis College in Durango. Dear and her colleague, Faron Scott, published The Responsible Journalist: An Introduction to News Reporting and Writing in 2014 (Oxford University Press). Dear’s recent book, What Does it Feel Like to Die? was released June 25th, 2019 (Kensington Publishing).
September 30th, 2019 | 43 mins 44 secs
My guest is Jennie Dear. Her new book is "What Does It Feel Like to Die?: Inspiring New Insights into the Experience of Dying." As a long-time hospice volunteer, Jennie Dear has helped countless patients, families, and caregivers cope with the many challenges of the dying process. Inspired by her own personal journey with her mother’s long-term illness, Dear demystifies the experience of dying for everyone whose lives it touches. She spoke to doctors, nurses, and caregivers, as well as families, friends, and the patients themselves. The result is a brilliantly researched, eye-opening account that combines the latest medical findings with sensitive human insights to offer real emotional support and answers to some of the questions that affect us all.