Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Educating Venta. (at the Center)

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Educating Venta. (at the Center)

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Changes in staff can be difficult, particularly for a small organization such as ours, but change brings with it the opportunity for a new perspective. I bring a new perspective focused on fundraising for the Center. Since starting here as director of development last July, I have listened intently to the discussions for which the Center is famous, and which often leave me doing research on the Internet afterwards in order to fully understand what I have heard. It has been very stimulating, though I can't let that distract me for too long from the things I do know well: how to raise more money so that these discussions can not only continue, but expand in scope.

Sadly, these last three weeks I have experienced a new perspective on one of the "grand-daddy" issues in bioethics--end of life care. My father passed away in January. His physician was a man who could not at first accept that his role was not as a miracle-working life-saver this time around, but as someone whose primary concern had to be the comfort of his long-time patient in the last days of his life. It was obviously against his way of thinking, although he relented after a curt and honest conversation with our family. I am lost in sadness right now, but my father died comfortably, in his sleep, and that gives me solace. …

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