Two Weeks of Life

Two Weeks of Life

Eleanor Clift

7.9.2008

Eleanor Clift

Newsweek editor Eleanor Clift is the author of “Two weeks of Life: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Politics,” about the death of her husband from cancer which coincided with the Terri Schiavo affair in 2005. At Newsweek, Clift writes on the Washington power structure, the influence of women in politics and other issues. She is also a regular panelist on the syndicated talk show, "The McLaughlin Group," and a political analyst for the Fox News Network.

Newsweek editor Eleanor Clift discusses her recent book, “Two weeks of Life: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Politics,” about the death of her husband from cancer which coincided with the Terri Schiavo affair in 2005. A member of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Board, Clift speaks on the essential role hospice plays for people in America’s death defying culture and the growing request for hospice care. Clift also discusses the controversial political aspect of the Terri Schiavo case and the media firestorm that was created involving confusion over law, science and religion. As a regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group”, Clift was involved in debates over the Schiavo case and although her book is not political or partisan, she does address the different viewpoints of the case that she encountered during her husband’s hospice experience. Through Eleanor’s experience she learned, “Death is part of life and its worthy of the honesty and the humor that we give all the other milestones,” and she hopes, to some extent, her book will help others take death out of the closet.