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Chest Foundation 'Stories at the End of Life' released

(Orlando, Florida, October 25, 2003) The CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), announced today the launch of a new inspirational booklet series, titled Stories at the End of Life. The stories illustrate various perspectives about end-of-life issues, including remembrances of family, friends, caregivers, and health care associates, as well as learning experiences, conversations, and reflections. The stories will be officially introduced at The CHEST Foundation "Making a Difference" Awards Dinner on Saturday, October 25, 2003, at CHEST 2003, the annual international scientific assembly of the ACCP, held October 25-30, in Orlando, Florida.

The CHEST Foundation issued a call for stories in 2002, and the 60 stories included in the series were chosen from over 400 submissions. As a leader in end-of-life issues, The Foundation developed Stories at the End of Life as a vehicle to promote physician-family communication and as a resource to help those confronting one of life's most difficult and under-addressed experiences. The aim is to provide healing and closure to its contributors and bring comfort to its readers.

"As a physician treating critically ill patients, I have come to learn that competent, compassionate care and communication can make a difference at the end of a person's life," said D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP, and Chair of the ACCP End-of-Life Care NetWork. "It is my hope that through the intimate moments and feelings shared by the contributors, a better dialogue will develop among families, patients, and health-care providers."

The stories are written by people who are living the experience of illness, or by people who have witnessed the peaceful death of a family member, patient, or friend. The stories are about loss, but also contain messages of survival, faith, hope, love, courage, dignity, acceptance, and even humor.

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Contact: Arielle Green
agreen@chestnet.org
847-498-8387
American College of Chest Physicians
25-Oct-2003


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