Grief, Loss, Death & Dying
Extreme Measures
Finding a Better Path to the End of Life
By Jessica Nutik Zitter
Review by John Mullen on Tue, Oct 3rd 2017.
Extreme Measures by Jessica Nutik ZitterI cannot recall reviewing a book that I recommend as enthusiastically and to as wide a readership as Extreme Measures. The author writes as a specialist in both intensive care medicine and palliative care medicine, practices that are often at odds during the end of life period. But the greatness of this book depends not so much upon the author's expertise as upon a deep respect for the possibilities that human life contains and a profound compassion for those, patients and loved ones, faced with its loss. The book begins with some family history, the upshot of which is that Dr. Zitter is the
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Mortal Dilemmas
The Troubled Landscape of Death in America
By Donald Joralemon
Review by Jamie Carlin Watson, Ph.D. on Tue, Jan 10th 2017.
Mortal Dilemmas: The Troubled Landscape of Death in America is an accessible and informative contribution to the public conversation over death and dying. To the many scholarly and popular voices, Donald Joralemon adds the anthropologist's to explore five end-of-life challenges through political, legal, religious, and bioethical lenses: assisted dying, uncertain mental states, the definition of death, the role of grief, and memorialization. He bookends his discussion with the question of whether America is a death-denying culture, and he draws on his research into these five dilemmas to argue
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Mortal Dilemmas by Donald Joralemon

Understanding Grief
An Introduction
By Richard Gross
Review by Flavia Felletti on Thu, May 26th 2016.
Understanding Grief by Richard Gross With Understanding Grief: An Introduction, Richard Gross aims to provide an accessible and comprehensive introduction to the major models of grief, focusing on the individual experience of bereavement just as on how bereavement is experienced in relation to the social, cultural, and religious contexts. Different kinds of bereavement and their impact on the bereaved are discussed. Among them: the loss of a spouse, a child, and the impact of traumatic loss on complicated grief. Further topics discussed include pet loss, death anxiety, and post-traumatic growth. Personal accounts of grief, r
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When Breath Becomes Air
By Paul Kalanithi
Review by Christian Perring on Tue, May 10th 2016.
Kalanithi's memoir of his career as a student of literature and philosophy and as a neuroscientist neurosurgeon has gained a lot of attention. Just when he is on the verge of professional success when he gets a diagnosis of cancer.  He and his wife plan what to do --  they had planned to have a family, but will they have time to do that now?  Kalanithi reflects on his experience in his undergraduate and graduate days, and his decision to switch from a theoretical approach to a medical approach. We hear about his experience treating patients and getting more used to seeing death.
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When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death
By Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson (Editors)
Review by James Bodington on Tue, Feb 23rd 2016.
The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death by Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, Jens Johansson (Editors)The Oxford Handbook series endeavors to "offer authoritative and up-to-date surveys of original research in a particular subject area." Each volume consists of "specially commissioned essays from leading figures in the discipline give critical examinations of the progress and direction of debates, as well as a foundation for future research". Indeed, the volume on philosophy of death presents original work by numerous leading figures in analytic philosophy and contains thoughtful engagement with current lines of debate in the philosophy (mainly metaphysics, with some entries and engagements wi
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Dying in the Twenty-First Century
Toward a New Ethical Framework for the Art of Dying Well
By Lydia Dugdale (Editor)
Review by A. P. Bober on Tue, Oct 6th 2015.
No one wants to die; no one wants to think about it. This work provides material likely unknown to most of us. It helps us to think about whether to have an advance directive and partly what to put in it, whether to donate organs, whether to use hospice and palliative care, and, centrally, how much control to have in a situation in which control increasingly slips out of our hands. The ten papers span three areas: a. traditional medical, usually hospital, interventions versus HPM (hospice and palliative medicine), philosophical discussion (Hegel, Heidegger) regarding choices about the "good"
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Dying in the Twenty-First Century by Lydia Dugdale (Editor)

Honoring Grief
Creating a Space to Let Yourself Heal
By Alexandra Kennedy
Review by Leo Uzych, J.D., M.P.H. on Tue, Jul 28th 2015.
Honoring Grief by Alexandra KennedyAlexandra Kennedy is a psychotherapist, grief expert, and author.  In the "Introduction" to her book, entitled Honoring Grief, Kennedy writes that grief touches everyone; and that ungrieved losses take a toll on the heart.  Kennedy asserts that her book offers unique strategies and opportunities for healing, as the reader explores the sacred territory of grief. Drawing readers' attention, in the Introduction, to the book's distinctive format, Kennedy explains that words chosen carefully, conveying just a few thoughts per page, offer a distilled wisdom, emanating from Kennedy's
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A Brief History of Death
By W.M. Spellman
Review by Keith S. Harris, Ph.D. on Tue, Dec 23rd 2014.
Historian W.M. Spellman has managed to provide in this book a relatively brief (250 pages or so) yet comprehensive review of many assorted aspects of death and dying, stretching from human prehistory up to our own time. The journey is fascinating, although the reader is taken at times by what appears to be the scenic route. A Brief History is written by an author who is obviously more than competent to extract and synthesize the most relevant information from both past and present. On first opening the book, the reader will recall that death (for better or worse) is our constant companion.&nb
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A Brief History of Death by W.M. Spellman

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