The Art of Dying: The Only Book for Persons Facing Their Own Death Paperback – September 15, 1997
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“This practical and encouraging book shows how dying can heal us, and helps us make the final transition a time of love and new beginnings.” ―Bernie Siegel, M.D.
“The Art of Dying speaks to modern readers with refreshing frankness and wit. It covers the subject thoroughly, from how to inform relatives of impending death, to coping with pain and fear, to death rituals, to preparing for a possible afterlife or, depending on one's viewpoint, the end of it all.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Along with our caring presence, this book may be the finest gift we can give someone facing the last stage of life.” ―Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
“Dr. Weenolsen . . . doesn't duck the tough questions . . . [or] impose her own answers to them: She goes a long way toward enabling the reader to find ways of coping that are right for him or her. Her book is at once hope-inspiring and clear-headed.” ―from the preface by M. Brewster Smith Ph.D., former president of the American Psychological Association
“This book gives the same things a good support group does--compassionate sympathy and practical advice for people sharing pain. It will be a Godsend.” ―Rebecca Brown, author of Gifts of the Baby
“A simple, straightforward guide for dying persons, at once practical and spiritual, with the pervasive themes of hope and love. The author's wisdom, warmth, and wit make it particuarly compelling. It is also for family and friends of dying persons, for professionals in the health-care fields, and for those who train them.” ―Hannelore Wass, Ph.D., founding editor, Death Studies
About the Author
Patricia Weenolsen, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in life-span development and death and dying. Over the past two decades she has conducted research and taught at several universities, among them the University of California at Santa Cruz and Chicago State. Her first book, Transcendence of Loss over the Life Span is a classic in the field. She has counseled thousands of bereaved and terminally ill persons, and has led seminars and workshops on dying, loss and related topics. Dr. Weenolsen has appeared on the Today Show, the Joan Rivers Show, and National Public Radio. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Paperback : 300 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0312167768
- ISBN-13 : 978-0312167769
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.82 x 8.24 inches
- Publisher : St. Martin's Griffin (September 15, 1997)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #615,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author -- who nearly died once herself -- has a strong sense of humor, so the book is not dreary. The book is written from the standpoint of the dying person's questions and needs, unlike many books that claim to be for the dying, but turn out to actually be advising family, friends, and healthcare professionals. I found those books very annoying, as they would claim to be for the dying person, and then devote 90 percent of the book to the surviving family's, friend's and caregivers' needs.
I would recommend this book both for people who are critically ill -- and uncertain whether they will live or die -- and for people who definitely know that they are dying. It's like having a friendly and experienced companion. I also recommend that family, friends and caregivers read this book to get an accurate sense of how their loved one/friend/patient actually feels.
This would be a good book to buy for a friend who has accepted that they are dying or has expressed concerns about it. Be advised that there are other books titled, "The Art of Dying" that are written from entirely different perspectives. They have their merits also, but this book is a practical manual.
The Art of Dying helps guide you through all the hard-to-discuss stuff, the stuff you don't know you should know, the myriad of feelings, thoughts, and problems with which the terminally ill must face. It discusses things like how to get your things in order, how to deal with loved ones you leave behind, how to ask for help, how to tell your children about your prognosis, perspectives on what happens after we die, forgiveness, how to deal with knowing you won't be around next Christmas, or to meet your grandchildren, retire, etc. It helps answer questions, take away the fear and give you peace of mind you can't get from those who aren't on this path right now. It is written in an informative, non-religious (not anti-religious), practical way. Even my terminally-ill support group and experienced oncology therapist couldn't do for me what this book did. The information is useful, practical, humorous, thorough, and deals with difficult subjects so you can better deal with the situation you're in too. This book was one of the best books I've ever read. It is fabulous as a guide, resource, and friend. I give it my highest recommendation.