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Lori Kersey

About Lori Kersey

Lori Kersey is a staff writer at the The Charleston (W.Va.) Gazette. She is attending Health Journalism 2013 on an AHCJ-Rural Health Journalism Fellowship, which is supported by the Leona M. & Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Writing about the end of life: May not be fun, but it is important #ahcj13

It’s one of the certainties of life: everyone’s going to die. And most of us also will deal with the deaths of a family member or loved one.

Writing about death, and the care people receive at the end of their lives, isn’t fun, but it’s important, Lisa Krieger, a science and medicine writer for the San Jose Mercury News, said at Health Journalism 2013 on Friday afternoon.

“It matters to us,” Krieger said. “It matters to the dying and it really matters to the surviving.”

Krieger moderated a panel featuring Muriel Gillick, a physician at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, and Ellen Goodman, the co-founder of a project that encourages people to talk about their end-of-life care wishes.

Krieger, who has a degree in biology and worked in hospitals before becoming a journalist, said she was not prepared to make decisions for her father when he got Alzheimer’s disease and ultimately died.

Her experience turned into a series about end-of-life care, which covered the financial toll on family members, lessons learned throughout the process, and the story of one woman nearing the end of her life. Continue reading