Excerpted from an article I wrote for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Last Acts Campaign in 1999.
Since the publication of her book, The Good Death: The New American Search to Reshape the End of Life, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, journalist Marilyn Webb has helped create a nonprofit organization called Town Meetings Across America on Death and Dying. "We intend to go city to city, town to town, to explore what it means to make choices at the end of life, to empower communities to expand support to patients and families, to talk about the visionary programs we have heard about," Webb says. So far, since the beginning of 1998, Webb has spoken in 46 communities in 14 states. She also has given more than 150 radio, television, and newspaper interviews.
"It's not uncommon for huge numbers of people"--well over 500--"to show up at such events," she says. "Nearly that many came to the talk in Boulder, and certainly they did in LA. It's the subject matter" that people are so hungry to learn more about.