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Time to Go

Three Plays on Death and Dying with Commentary on End-of-Life Issues

Edited by Anne Hunsaker Hawkins and James O. Ballard

Publication Year: 2016

This unusual book presents three prize-winning one-act plays on the hard choices that patients, their families, and their physicians often face at the end of life. The purpose of the volume is to increase awareness and knowledge about advance directives and, beyond that, to facilitate discussion about the many complicated issues surrounding death and dying today.

Each play is followed by critical commentary. The introduction provides lucid and succinct explanation of the human, ethical, and legal contexts for the rights of patients in the United States. The volume includes appendices providing values history and living will declarations, durable power of attorney statements, and resource information.

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press

Cover

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p. 1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

Many people have made generous contributions to the development ofthis book and the project on which it is based. No contribution, however, could be more important than that of Lawrence F. Kienle and Jane Witmer Kienle. The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine not only...

Part I: ADVANCE DIRECTIVES: STARTING THE DIALOGUE

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Introduction

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pp. 3-20

In our country's health care institutions, decisions are made every day regarding the use of life-sustaining medical treatment. It is estimated that 80 percent of deaths occur in a hospital or nursing home setting, and that for 70 percent ofthese individuals a decision is made either not to start or to...

Part II: THE PLAYS

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JOURNEY INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT

Berry L. Barta

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pp. 23-45

Berry Barta lives in Indiana, Pennsylvania, with her husband. She was a returning student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania at the time she wrote her play. Barta was raised in rural northeast Nebraska, where she attended primary school in a one-room country schoolhouse. She graduated...

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STARS AT THE BREAK OF DAY

Marjorie Ellen Spence

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pp. 46-71

Marjorie Ellen Spence grew up in western Pennsylvania. She attended Millersville University, where she received her B.A. in art, then Franklin and Marshall College, where she completed a second major in drama. Her interest in theater is complemented by a strong social conscience. Thus not...

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TIME TO GO

CE McClelland

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pp. 72-100

CE McClelland is a secondary school teacher and playwright. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he attended La Salle University, where he received a B.A. in English-Education, and then Villanova University, where he was awarded an M.A. in Theatre. His plays, which have been produced by...

Appendix A: The Values History

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pp. 101-106

Appendix B: Living Will Declaration

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pp. 107-110

Appendix C: Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

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pp. 111-116

Appendix D: Resources for Consumers and Providers

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pp. 117-119


E-ISBN-13: 9781512816785
E-ISBN-10: 1512816787
Print-ISBN-13: 9780812215199

Page Count: 136
Publication Year: 2016

OCLC Number: 967558292
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  • Death -- Drama.
  • Do-not-resuscitate orders -- Drama.
  • American drama -- 20th century.
  • Right to die -- Drama.
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