You wouldn’t ordinarily want a reporter and a news photographer hanging around in your personal life, especially in pretty difficult and intimate times, but that’s just what we’ve had: The Salt Lake Tribune’s award-winning religion reporter, Peggy Fletcher Stack, and the astonishingly gifted photographer Leah Hogsten. They’ve been following not just our lives, Brooke’s and mine, but also talking to our family members and friends, everyone around. They’ve hung around with me in the house (you can see an embarrassing picture of my rather messy study, though this won’t surprise many of you) and with Brooke in the hospital, both in the previous Rehab unit at the university and now in the long-term care facility at South Davis (you can see Brooke’s life, close up). And you can see some of the many nurses, aides, occupational, physical, and respiratory therapists who are with him every day.
The link below will get you to the story and the accompanying multimedia presentation Peggy and Leah have put together. Brooke and I have just been reading and watching it, and we agree: these pieces capture both what life has been like for the past six months (the brilliantly juxtaposed portraits of Brooke, suffering and smiling), and also what a profound challenge Brooke’s accident has posed to me and the work on end-of-life issues I’ve been doing throughout my whole academic career. We both think Peggy and Leah have got things exactly right, so we want you to know we think it’s been both a privilege and a pleasure to have them around.
There’s more to come: this only the first piece in a series of three. The second one, focusing especially on Brooke, is scheduled to appear in August, and the third will be a one-year followup, scheduled for November.
Here’s the site for the print story:
And for the multimedia presentation:
And there’s a button for commenting on the stories directly to the Trib, which, of course, we hope you’ll do.
Peggy (& Brooke)