Rasheeda Laird, an aide at the Kanas Center, wheeled a bed onto a porch, demonstrating how the building's floor-to-ceiling sliding doors allow patients to take in fresh air and sunshine. Lindsay Morris Photos
"The building allows as much of the natural world to come in as possible," said Mary Crosby, the center's soon-to-be president and C.E.O.Lindsay Morris
Family members visiting the center receive a document that lays out the details of approaching death.Lindsay Morris
Farrah Etsch, the Kanas Center's nurse manager, spoke to a patient on Sunday.Lindsay Morris
RaSheeda Laird made a bed in one of the center's eight rooms.Lindsay Morris
The center sits on six acres adjacent to a nature preserve.Lindsay Morris
Kanas Center staff members help with the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of patients and their families in the final days of life. Those on duty Sunday included, from left, Farrah Etsch, Hattie Dantes, Catherine Hart, and RaSheeda Laird.Lindsay Morris
A common area at the center has the feel of a peaceful living room.Lindsay Morris

Edith Windsor was an advocate for the L.G.B.T.Q. community. Donna Aceto

Dr. Favre shares activist spirit with her mentor and boss, Dr. Schonfeld
The first job Jennifer Favre, right, held in Gail Schonfeld’s East End Pediatrics was in the front office. Twelve years later, now a pediatrician herself, she has joined Dr. Schonfeld, left, on the medical side of the practice. Johnette Howard

Girls Night Out at Gurney's Resort last year Jane Bimson