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Dignity therapy at Gloversville hospice

Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville, volunteer Susan Hathaway-Ringland talks in private during "Dignity Therapy" with John Papa, a family member of a hospice patient.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Mountain Valley Hospice, Gloversville, volunteer Susan Hathaway-Ringland talks in private during "Dignity Therapy" with John Papa, a family member of a hospice patient.
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The question-and-answer exercise, more impressionistic in design and goal than the mere accumulation of resume facts, is crafted to allow dying patients the ability to convey not just what they did, but who they were. What are you most proud of? ... Tell me when you felt most alive ... What have you learned about life that would want to pass along to others? ... To be sure, these patients/interviewees are dying, which is why ...

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