No One Has to Die Alone: Preparing for a Meaningful Death

Lani Leary, Author, Jean Watson, Foreword by
Lani Leary. Atria/Beyond Words, $15 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-58270-352-7
Reviewed on: 03/19/2012
Release date: 04/10/2012
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Leary, a psychotherapist and professor of death studies, has written an extraordinarily clear-eyed and helpful guide for those who must care for a dying loved one, an almost unavoidable and challenging situation. Leary brings both the personal experience of her parents’ deaths—two very different situations at different times in her life—as well as two and a half decades’ professional experience working with the dying and the bereaved. Caregivers almost always begin the journey of caregiving not knowing what to do or say; Leary offers both information and comfort for them. Half the book deals with caregiving for the dying, and the second part concerns itself with the bereavement process; several appendixes list varieties of resources. Leary respects both the patterns within and the uniqueness of the processes of letting go and grieving. She provides a public service; this book is strongly recommended for libraries. (Apr.)
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