Larry Lincoln, M.D.
Thursday, October 31, 2019,
The Arizona Senior Academy Building
What are the opportunities, taboos, and challenges surrounding the critical life stages of dying and death? How can Hospice attention ease the lives of patients and their loved ones? How does grieving contribute to either better–or worse–living after a loved one’s death? How can survivors most positively experience the loss of a loved one?
Larry Lincoln, M.D., has been Medical Director of the Tucson Medical Center Hospice since its inception in 1991. A graduate of Amherst College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, he is board-certified in internal medicine, infectious diseases and hospice/palliative care. After a lengthy career in Tucson as an internist with focus on infectious disease, he studied with and then–together with the love of his life Anne Taylor–worked with hospice pioneer Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, leading her Life, Death and Transition workshops in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. In Tucson, for 32 years they have offered Growth and Transition weekend workshops.
Dr. Lincoln’s session for the Arizona Senior Academy will draw from these studies and experiences. He will provide an overview of hospice care as it most usually occurs today, whether in a stand-alone hospice facility or in the patient’s home, and illustrate the many ways that challenge individuals and families approach the end of life. He will give particular attention to a discussion of the grieving process, illustrating its importance and giving examples of how grieving contributes to the continuation of living.
In this context, Dr. Lincoln has most recently worked with participants suffering from childhood neglect and injury, and whose buried pain re-surfaces in adulthood, appearing eventually in misuse of power, or in despair, depression, and isolation. His most recent writing on this process is Reclaiming Banished Voices: Stories on the Road to Compassion.
Written by Sarah Dinham, Academy Village Volunteer