"Fran Johns has a gift for portraying this important subject in a way that lets us see it in a new light. Her writing is intriguing. These stories of laughter and tears, choices and forgiveness make for wonderful reading. We grow individually and as a society by telling our stories." -- Maureen Redl, Director, Voices of Healing, Marin County, California
"This isn't a chicken soup of inspiration tales, it's a thick stew of subtle and lasting flavors. There are lessons here..." -- Compassion in Dying Newsletter, August 1999 issue
"We grow individually and as a society by telling our stories. Fran Johns offers a wealth of stories here. She tells them tenderly and clearly, to touch and to teach. I hope they persuade us to tell our own families' stories--of good deaths and bad. In doing so we can reclaim dying as the essential part of the human experience that it is." -- Barbara Coombs Lee, Executive Director, Compassion in Dying Federation, Portland, Oregon
About the Author
Fran Moreland Johns, born in Brazil to American educational missionare parents, grew up in Ashland, VA and spent her adult life in the Southeast until 1992, when she switched coasts and moved to San Francisco. After graduating from Randolph-Mason Womans College she began her writing career in Richmond, VA with the Times-Dispatch and in public relations before moving to Atlanta. There she did another stint in public relations, wrote for the Journal-Constitution
and a wide variety of trade magazines and was a reporter, feature writer and columnist for the Dekalb News-Sun
. The interest which evolved into Dying Unafraid
began when Ms. Johns was a volunteer in a pioneer public facility for the elderly and chronically ill. In the 1980s she was a Florida Hospice volunteer and a daily visitor to hospitals and nursing homes, while continuing to write, for USA Today
and other publications--and serving on the board of The Extended Family, a non-profit adult day care organization.
In California Ms. Johns has worked with a number of AIDS-related causes. H er writing since 1991 has focused on Dying Unafraid and an awakened interest i n short fiction. Her work has appeared in Parenting, Grit, The Sun, Literal Latte (where her short story was a 1997 fiction award winner) and the San Francisco Chronicle.