Study Guide: Listening Is an Act of Love

B. Reading the Stories

10. MARY CAPLAN interviewed by her friend EMILY COLLAZO

Pre-reading statement of opinion:  Do you agree that it is better to die at home within the embrace of family members than in the hospital under the care of strangers?  Why or why not?

Post-reading guided summary:  Describe how Mary Caplan took care of her brother while he was dying of AIDS.  Comment on her definition of grief and explain how the care she gave her brother was soon extended to others through her sense of compassion and declaration of solidarity.

Personal response:  Write your reaction to one or two aspects of the summary you have written, and try to connect this response to the opinion that you expressed before reading the StoryCorps transcript.