Francis Martin, Ph.D. drew on his experiences as a mental health counselor, health care administrator, and a volunteer at Nashville's Alive Hospice in writing Hospice Mementos. The text offers firm and solid inspiration to those who serve hospice patients and their families. The message to them is, Thank you for your loyalty and service to someone who is important to you. Hospice Mementos hopes to contribute to the well-being of all of you who serve home care and hospice patients and their families. Nurses, volunteers, home health aides, chaplains, social workers, physicians, administrators, support staff, and various therapists who care for patients will all draw strength from Dr. Martin's observations.
Francis A. Martin, Ph.D., comes to Grave Distractions/Green Hills Press, after professional service as a professor, mental health counselor, academic administrator, health care administrator, and a volunteer in mental health and medical agencies. He has written widely, with several books, including Coping with Cancer, Prayers from Where You Are, Coping with Personal Crises, Vocational Guidance, Prayers for Recovery, and several others. He is a frequent presenter at professional meetings, along with holding offices in professional associations. With degrees from Hannibal LaGrange College, Oklahoma Baptist University, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he also completed studies at the University of Missouri, University of Louisville, and Vanderbilt University. Dr. Martin has maintained his early commitment to the effective delivery of professional mental health services. He has concentrated on his own professional development, but also on the professional development of his students, his colleagues, and members of his professional associations. In addition, he has demonstrated his long commitment to understanding and articulating a sensible, realistic, and meaningful understanding of spirituality.