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By Kat Chow. 2021
For readers of Helen Macdonald and Elizabeth Alexander, an intimate and haunting portrait of grief and the search for meaning…from a singular new talent as told through the prism of three generations of her Chinese American family.Kat Chow has always been unusually fixated on death. She worried constantly about her parents dying---especially her mother. A vivacious and mischievous woman, Kat's mother made a morbid joke that would haunt her for years to come: when she died, she'd like to be stuffed and displayed in Kat's future apartment in order to always watch over her. After her mother dies unexpectedly from cancer, Kat, her sisters, and their father are plunged into a debilitating, lonely grief. With a distinct voice that is wry and heartfelt, Kat weaves together a story of the fallout of grief that follows her extended family as they emigrate from China and Hong Kong to Cuba and America. Seeing Ghosts asks what it means to reclaim and tell your family&’s story: Is writing an exorcism or is it its own form of preservation? The result is an extraordinary new contribution to the literature of the American family, and a provocative and transformative meditation on who we become facing loss.
By Bill Kimberlin. 2021
In this updated edition, a psychologist offers an unbiased look inside Ohio&’s death row and the personal perspectives of inmates…facing execution. In Watch Me Die, Dr. Bill Kimberlin explores the grim realities of death row in Ohio and across America. He spends time interviewing inmates and eating meals with them. In some cases, he is the last person to speak with them before they die. From the moment they are placed on suicide watch until the moment they are executed, Kimberlin follows their twisted and complex journey through the execution process. Through open and intimate conversation, Kimberlin earns the trust of many high-level and violent offenders. He shares their unfiltered thoughts and feelings as revealed to him through their writings, their artwork, and their own words. He also shares his own fears and concerns as he shares space with unconstrained individuals who have taken countless lives. This newly revised edition includes a &“Where Are They Now?&” section, updating the reader on which inmates have faced their execution, which inmates are still counting their days, and who else has asked Kimberlin to watch them die.
By Leslie Ghiglieri. 2022
A family tragedy propels this gripping true crime debut as a mother searches for answers in the shocking murder of…her husband—and conviction of her son.In the early morning of October 18, 1986, Cherie Wier’s life collapses when her teenage son takes the life of her beloved husband. For years, Cherie grapples with events preceding and following the crime, struggling to overcome the consuming grief she suffers from her loss and the difficulty she faces as she attempts to forgive her son. The courtroom accounts of gruesome details and the shocking testimonies from experts, only add to Cherie’s yearning to make sense of the crime. She is tormented, wanting to know how and WHY this tragedy happened and if there was anything she could have done to prevent it . . .
By Brian Whitney, Charity Lee. 2020
A mother recounts her unthinkable experience after her thirteen-year-old son murders his little sister—and her struggle to emerge from devastation.…Losing a young daughter to murder is the worst nightmare that a mother could possibly imagine—but what if the killer was her son? Charity Lee was thrust into this unimaginable situation when her thirteen-year-old son, Paris, murdered her beloved four-year-old daughter, Ella. Charity goes through intense grief at the loss of her daughter, while at the same time trying to understand why her son would have done something as horrific as this, and how she could have missed the signs that Paris was a true psychopath. While barely holding herself together throughout her intense grief, Charity is still a mother and feels a need to advocate for her son to receive appropriate treatment while incarcerated, while at the same time trying to ensure he stays in prison so he can never hurt someone again. Charity still loves her son and craves a connection with him despite all he has done. Because of her experiences, she rebuilds her life and starts a non-profit to help other families of victims, as well as offenders. This book is a meditation on grief, loss, and forgiveness unlike any other. It&’s also an inspirational story of a true survivor. How Now, Butterfly? is a haunting memoir that no reader will soon forget.
By Matthew Ratcliffe. 2022
A wide-ranging philosophical exploration of what it is to experience grief and what this tells us about human emotional life.Experiences…of grief can be bewildering, disorienting, and isolating; everything seems somehow different, in ways that are difficult to comprehend and describe. Why does the world as a whole look distant, strange, and unfamiliar? How can we know that someone is dead, while at the same time find this utterly unfathomable, impossible? Grief Worlds explores a host of philosophical questions raised by grief, showing how philosophical inquiry can enhance our understanding of grief and vice versa.Throughout the book, Matthew Ratcliffe focuses on the phenomenology of grief: what do experiences of grief consist of, how are they structured, and what can they tell us about the nature of human experience more generally? While acknowledging the diversity of grief, Ratcliffe sets out to identify its common features. Drawing extensively on first-person accounts, he proposes that grief is a process that involves experiencing, comprehending, and navigating a pervasive disturbance of one&’s experiential world. Its course over time depends on ways of experiencing and relating to other people, both the living and the dead. Along with its insights into the workings of grief, the book provides us with a broader philosophical perspective for thinking about human emotional experience.
Three Roads Back: How Emerson, Thoreau, and William James Responded to the Greatest Losses of Their Lives
By Robert D. Richardson. 2023
From their acclaimed biographer, a final, powerful book about how Emerson, Thoreau, and William James forged resilience from devastating loss,…changing the course of American thoughtIn Three Roads Back, Robert Richardson, the author of magisterial biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, and William James, tells the connected stories of how these foundational American writers and thinkers dealt with personal tragedies early in their careers. For Emerson, it was the death of his young wife and, eleven years later, his five-year-old son; for Thoreau, it was the death of his brother; and for James, it was the death of his beloved cousin Minnie Temple. Filled with rich biographical detail and unforgettable passages from the journals and letters of Emerson, Thoreau, and James, these vivid and moving stories of loss and hard-fought resilience show how the writers’ responses to these deaths helped spur them on to their greatest work, influencing the birth and course of American literature and philosophy.In reaction to his traumatic loss, Emerson lost his Unitarian faith and found solace in nature. Thoreau, too, leaned on nature and its regenerative power, discovering that “death is the law of new life,” an insight that would find expression in Walden. And James, following a period of panic and despair, experienced a redemptive conversion and new ideas that would drive his work as a psychologist and philosopher. As Richardson shows, all three emerged from their grief with a new way of seeing, one shaped by a belief in what Emerson called “the deep remedial force that underlies all facts.”An inspiring book about resilience and the new growth and creativity that can stem from devastating loss, Three Roads Back is also an extraordinary account of the hidden wellsprings of American thought.
By Guvna B. 2021
Men are bold. Men are brave. Men are strong in the face of fear. But what happens when that strength…crumbles? Growing up on a council estate in East London, rapper Guvna B thought he knew everything he needed to know about what it means to be a man. But when a personal tragedy sent him reeling, he knew he had to face these assumptions head on if he was going to be able to overcome his grief. In this intimate, honest and unflinching memoir, Guvna B draws on his personal experiences to explore how toxic masculinity affects young men today. Exploring ideas of male identity, UNSPOKEN is an inspirational account of Guvna’s journey.
The Tibetan book of the dead: the great liberation through hearing in the Bardo (The Clear light series)
By Francesca Fremantle, Chögyam Trungpa, Karma-Gliṅ-Pa. 1975
By Gladys Bagg Taber. 1963
Forensic pathologist Janis Amatuzio first began recording the stories told to her by patients, police officers, and other doctors because…she felt that no one spoke for the dead. She believed the real experience of death - namely, the spiritual and otherworldly experiences of those near death and their loved ones - was ignored by the medical professionals, who thought of death as simply the cessation of breath. She knew there was more. From the first experience of a patient in her care dying to the miraculous "appearances" of loved ones after death, she began recording these experiences, knowing that they would bring comfort to anyone who has suffered the loss of someone they love. Written by a scientist in approachable, nonjudgmental language for anyone who has lost someone they love, this book offers stories that can't be explained in purely physical terms. Unrated
By Lois Rabey, Steve Rabey. 2017
Sometimes, the greatest gifts we give are the ones we give at the end. This inspiring, gripping book is packed…with end-of-life giftswords of wisdom and lessons learned from people in their final days. In each chapter, we hear from a hospice worker who has spent hundreds of hours with the dying, listening to their stories, assisting their loved ones, and absorbing the hard, hopeful, and helpful truths about life that become most clear when death is near. In Lessons for the Living from the Dying, these workers pass those truths to us and invite us to live richer, better lives by drawing on the wisdom of those who have journeyed on.
Esta obra comparte respuestas efectivas a las inquietudes más frecuentes cuando vivimos la muerte o desaparición de un ser amado,…y brinda una guía insuperable y desmitificadora de las percepciones tradicionales relacionadas con el fallecimiento de un ser muy cercano, el propósito es hacernos comprender que el duelo no se supera: se aprende a vivir con la ausencia, además, sí podemos llorarle y hablar con nuestro ser querido en cualquier momento si esto afirma una relación simbólica marcada por el amor y el entendimiento Del otro lado de la tristeza apuesta por la aceptación, el perdón y la esperanza para hacer a un lado la negación, las ideas viejas sobre evitar el sufrimiento, pues el duelo es como un pantano helado que debemos cruzar para llegar a la aceptación, la calma, a una nueva relación con la persona que ya no está desde el recuerdo grato y la serenidad. En suma, Mario Guerra ofrece el libro más acertado de tanatología con las investigaciones más confiables y recientes, además de historias de vida inolvidables, siempre con un tono esclarecedor para darnos no sólo explicaciones concluyentes, sino también un consuelo invaluable.
By Gregory Gibson. 1999
This sad tale of murder on a college campus in Massachusetts recounts a father's search for meaning in the death…of his son and every aspect surrounding the event. Contains descriptions of violence. Contains strong language
By Charles A. Nelson, Nathan A. Fox, Charles H. Zeanah. 2014
The implications of early experience for children's brain development, behavior, and psychological functioning have long absorbed caregivers, researchers, and clinicians.…The 1989 fall of Romania's Ceausescu regime left approximately 170,000 children in 700 overcrowded, impoverished institutions across Romania, and prompted the most comprehensive study to date on the effects of institutionalization on children's well-being. "Romania's Abandoned Children," the authoritative account of this landmark study, documents the devastating toll paid by children who are deprived of responsive care, social interaction, stimulation, and psychological comfort. Launched in 2000, the Bucharest Early Intervention Project (BEIP) was a rigorously controlled investigation of foster care as an alternative to institutionalization. Researchers included 136 abandoned infants and toddlers in the study and randomly assigned half of them to foster care created specifically for the project. The other half stayed in Romanian institutions, where conditions remained substandard. Over a twelve-year span, both groups were assessed for physical growth, cognitive functioning, brain development, and social behavior. Data from a third group of children raised by their birth families were collected for comparison. The study found that the institutionalized children were severely impaired in IQ and manifested a variety of social and emotional disorders, as well as changes in brain development. However, the earlier an institutionalized child was placed into foster care, the better the recovery. Combining scientific, historical, and personal narratives in a gripping, often heartbreaking, account, "Romania's Abandoned Children "highlights the urgency of efforts to help the millions of parentless children living in institutions throughout the world.
By Huwy-min Lucia Liu. 2021
Governing Death, Making Persons tells the story of how economic reforms and changes in the management of death in China…have affected the governance of persons. The Chinese Communist Party has sought to channel the funeral industry and death rituals into vehicles for reshaping people into "modern" citizens and subjects. Since the Reform and Opening period and the marketization of state funeral parlors, the Party has promoted personalized funerals in the hope of promoting a market-oriented and individualistic ethos. However, things have not gone as planned.Huwy-min Lucia Liu writes about the funerals she witnessed and the life stories of two kinds of funeral workers: state workers who are quasi-government officials and semilegal private funeral brokers. She shows that end-of-life commemoration in urban China today is characterized by the resilience of social conventions and not a shift toward market economy individualization. Rather than seeing a rise of individualism and the decline of a socialist self, Liu sees the durability of socialist, religious, communal, and relational ideas of self, woven together through creative ritual framings in spite of their contradictions.
By Dan Morhaim, Shelley Morhaim. 2020
An ER physician gives advice for planning for end-of-life care and contingencies. His goal is to spare families the uncertainty…and trauma of guessing about the end-of-life wishes of loved ones. Topics include things like hospice care, dementia, legal issues, pain management, organ donation, and communication strategies. 2020
By Tony Walter. 2017
Though death is universal, how we respond to it depends on when and where we live. Dying and grieving continually…evolve: new preparations for dying, new kinds of funerals, new ways of handling grief and new ways to memorialise are developing all the time. Bringing 25 years of research and teaching in the sociology of death and dying to this important book, Tony Walter engages critically with key questions such as: should we talk about death more and plan in advance? How effective is this as more people suffer frailty and dementia? How do physical migration and digital connection affect place-bound deathbeds, funerals and graves? Is the traditional funeral still relevant? Can burial and cremation be ecological? And how should we grieve: quietly, openly, or online?
By Antony Gautier Morales, Albert Zaid. 2018
Narration des expériences de quelques personnes considérées comme d'authentitques résilientes, qui ont servi de modèle et d'exemple de dépassement pour…des millions de personnes dans le Monde. En ingéniérie on dit que la résilience d'un matériau est sa capacité à absorber un impact et à engranger de l'énergie sans se déformer. Pour la neuroscience, c'est le potentiel à affronter une situation adverse, la surpasser et en sortir plus fort.En psychologie on dit que c'est la capacité que les personnes ont à assumer des circonstances traumatiques et à se rétablir. Dépassement et rétablissement vont de pair. Personnes considérées comme d'authentiques résilientes À savoir: Silvia Válori, Stephen Hawking, Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Ismael Santos, Ana Frank, Ángel Sanz, Helen Keller, Kyle Maynard, Albert LLovera, El Equipo Hoyt, Kalpana Saroj, Pablo Pineda, Sean Maloney, Sara Navarro, Steve Jobs, Teresa Silva, Tim Guénard, Carlota Ruiz de Dulanto. Ce livre inclut aussi une liste importante de livres recommandés avec leurs résumés explicatifs.
By Carlos E. Cortés. 2012
A Jewish Mexican American author chronicles his family’s tumultuous, decades-long spars over religion, class, and culture in this candid, inspiring…memoir.The son of a Mexican Catholic father with aristocratic roots and a mother of Eastern European Jewish descent, Carlos E. Cortés grew up wedged between cultures. He grew up “straddling borders, balancing loves and loyalties, and trying to fit into a world that wasn’t quite ready.” His request for a bar mitzvah sent his father into a cursing rage. He was terrified to bring home the Catholic girl he was dating, for fear of wounding his mother. When he tried to join a fraternity, Christians wouldn’t take him because he was Jewish, and Jews looked sideways at him because his father was Mexican.In Rose Hill, Cortés recounts his family’s experiences from his early years in legally segregated 1940s Kansas City to his return to Berkeley in the 1950s, and to his parents’ separation, reconciliation, deaths, and eventual burials at the Rose Hill Cemetery. Cortés elevates the theme of intermarriage to a new level of complexity in this closely observed and emotionally fraught memoir.
By Merissa Nathan Gerson. 2021
Though at times it may seem impossible, we can heal with help from our friends and community– if we know…how to ask. This heartrending, relatable account of one woman&’s reckoning with loss is a guide to the world of self-recovery, self-love, and the skills necessary to meeting one's own needs in these times of pain– especially when that pain is suffered alone. Grief is all around us. In the world of today it has become common and layered, no longer only an occasional weight. A book needed now more than ever, Forget Prayers, Bring Cake is for people of all ages and orientations dealing with grief of any sort—professional, personal, romantic, familial, or even the sadness of the modern day. This book provides actions to boost self-care and self-worth; it shows when and how to ask for love and attention, and how to provide it for others. It shows that it is okay to define your needs and ask others to share theirs. In a moment in which community, affection, and generosity are needed more than ever, this book is an indispensable road map. This book will be a guiding light to a healthier mental state amid these troubled times.