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By Emma Haslett, Gabby Griffith. 2022
'This book is totally brilliant - informative, sensitive, funny and wise. Reading it is like talking to a fairy godmother…who also happens to be a gynaecologist and expert on all things fertility' Sophia Money-CouttsBig Fat Negative (BFN) - a term commonly used on internet forums to refer to a negative pregnancy test.Infertility can be a lonely journey. One in every six couples will struggle to conceive but, despite this, many don't feel comfortable talking openly about their experiences and sharing what they are going through. As a result, they feel isolated and alone.It doesn't have to be this way. By talking, laughing and shouting about our experiences we can start to lift the cloak of shame that so often engulfs those going through it. Big Fat Negative does just that. This no-nonsense, honest guide to infertility from the hosts of the Big Fat Negative podcast smashes the taboo around this isolating and heartbreaking illness, offering first-hand experience, an understanding voice when friends don't get it, expert advice, reassurance for when you feel alone and - most importantly - humour when it you need it the most. Using first-hand accounts of the various hurdles of infertility, from work to diagnoses and IVF, coupled with advice from leading experts, Big Fat Negative will hold your hand on the not-so simple journey to motherhood - helping you to face and defeat the trials of trying for a baby.
By Tanya Shadrick. 2017
Just days into motherhood, a woman begins dying. Fast and without warning.On return from near-death, Tanya Shadrick vows to stop…sleepwalking through life. To take more risks, like the characters in the fairy tales she loved as a small girl, before loss and fear had her retreat into routine and daydreams.Around the care of young children, she starts to play with the shape and scale of her days: to stray from the path, get lost in the woods, make bargains with strangers. As she moves beyond her respectable roles as worker, wife and mother in a small town, Tanya learns what it takes - and costs - to break the spell of longing for love, approval, safety, rescue.
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 Suleika Jaouad. 2021
A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman&’s journey from diagnosis to remission and,…ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.&“A work of breathtaking creativity.&”—Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love&“Elegant and heartbreaking.&”—Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of The Emperor of All Maladies&“Mended parts I thought were forever disintegrated.&”—Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy&“A propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude.&”—Tara Westover, author of EducatedIn the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter &“the real world.&” She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone. It started with an itch—first on her feet, then up her legs, like a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia, with a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like that, the life she had imagined for herself had gone up in flames. By the time Jaouad flew home to New York, she had lost her job, her apartment, and her independence. She would spend much of the next four years in a hospital bed, fighting for her life and chronicling the saga in a column for The New York Times. When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer ward—after three and a half years of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant—she was, according to the doctors, cured. But as she would soon learn, a cure is not where the work of healing ends; it&’s where it begins. She had spent the past 1,500 days in desperate pursuit of one goal—to survive. And now that she&’d done so, she realized that she had no idea how to live. How would she reenter the world and live again? How could she reclaim what had been lost? Jaouad embarked—with her new best friend, Oscar, a scruffy terrier mutt—on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road trip across the country. She set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital: a teenage girl in Florida also recovering from cancer; a teacher in California grieving the death of her son; a death-row inmate in Texas who&’d spent his own years confined to a room. What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porous, that the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.
By Fraser Sutherland. 2022
A father reflects on the rich life of his son, who died suddenly at twenty-six after living with schizophrenia. On…the morning of Boxing Day 2009, the poet Fraser Sutherland and his wife, Alison, found their son, Malcolm, dead in his bedroom in their house. He was twenty-six and had died from a seizure of unknown cause. Malcolm had been living with schizophrenia since the age of seventeen.Fraser’s respectful narration of his son’s life — the boy’s happiness as well as his sufferings, his heroic efforts to calm his troubled mind, his readings, his writings, his experiments with religious thought. This is a master writer’s attempt to give his son’s life shape and dignity, to memorialize his life as more than an illness. And in writing his son’s life, Fraser creates his own self-effacing memoir — the memoir of a parent’s resilience through years of stressful care.Fraser Sutherland, one of Canada’s finest poetry critics and essayists, died shortly after completing this book. A RARE MACHINES BOOK
By Michael Cholbi. 2021
An engaging and illuminating exploration of grief—and why, despite its intense pain, it can also help us growExperiencing grief at…the death of a person we love or who matters to us—as universal as it is painful—is central to the human condition. Surprisingly, however, philosophers have rarely examined grief in any depth. In Grief, Michael Cholbi presents a groundbreaking philosophical exploration of this complex emotional event, offering valuable new insights about what grief is, whom we grieve, and how grief can ultimately lead us to a richer self-understanding and a fuller realization of our humanity.Drawing on psychology, social science, and literature as well as philosophy, Cholbi explains that we grieve for the loss of those in whom our identities are invested, including people we don't know personally but cherish anyway, such as public figures. Their deaths not only deprive us of worthwhile experiences; they also disrupt our commitments and values. Yet grief is something we should embrace rather than avoid, an important part of a good and meaningful life. The key to understanding this paradox, Cholbi says, is that grief offers us a unique and powerful opportunity to grow in self-knowledge by fashioning a new identity. Although grief can be tumultuous and disorienting, it also reflects our distinctly human capacity to rationally adapt as the relationships we depend on evolve.An original account of how grieving works and why it is so important, Grief shows how the pain of this experience gives us a chance to deepen our relationships with others and ourselves.
By William J. Peters. 2022
A groundbreaking, authoritative exploration—rich with powerful personal stories and convincing research—of the many ways the living can and do accompany…the dying on their journey into the afterlife.In 2000, end-of-life therapist William Peters was volunteering at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco when he had an extraordinary experience as he was reading aloud to a patient: he suddenly felt himself floating in midair, completely out of his body. The patient, who was also aloft, looked at him and smiled. The next moment, Peters felt himself return to his body…but the patient never regained consciousness and died. Perplexed and stunned by what had happened, Peters began searching for other people who&’d shared similar experiences. He would spend the next twenty years gathering and meticulously categorizing their stories to identify key patterns and features of what is now known as the &“shared crossing&” experience. The similarities, which cut across continents and cultures and include awe-inspiring visual and sensory effects, and powerful emotional after-effects, were impossible to ignore. Long whispered about in the hospice and medical communities, these extraordinary moments of final passage are openly discussed and explained in At Heaven&’s Door. The book is filled with powerful tales of spouses on departing this earth after decades together and bereaved parents who share their children&’s entry into the afterlife. Applying rigorous research, Peters digs into the effect these shared crossing experiences impart—liberation at the sight of a loved one finding joy, a sense of reconciliation if the relationship was fraught—and explores questions like: What can explain these shared death experiences? How can we increase our likelihood of having one? What do these experiences tell us about what lies beyond? And, most importantly, how can they help take away the sting of death and better prepare us for our own final moments? How can we have both a better life and a better death?
By Paul Denniston. 2021
For anyone who has suffered loss, a collection of meditations and poses for working through grief.So often, we think that…grief lives only in our hearts and minds. But what about the emotions that weigh us down and the grief that gets stuck in our body? Our emotions need motion, and Healing Through Yoga is a unique, simple, and powerful way of healing. Grief Yoga founder Paul Denniston takes you through the stages of Awareness, Expression, Connection, Surrender, and Evolution with clear and compassionate instruction, poses, exercises with easy-to-follow photos, and meditations specifically designed to move you through that particular step. Learn how to release pain and suffering without expectation or judgment and reconnect to life, love, and strength. Even if you have never done yoga before, with Healing Through Yoga you can process your grief and use it as fuel for transformative healing.FOR READERS OF: Healing After Loss, On Grief and Grieving, Chair Yoga,The Body Keeps the Score, and Grief Day by Day.EXPERT AUTHOR: Paul Denniston is the founder of Grief Yoga, a program he created with David Kessler (co-author of On Grief and Grieving) and tours worldwide, working with bereavement groups, cancer support centers, addiction and Alzheimer's groups, and people dealing with breakups, divorce, and betrayal. Denniston has a mailing list of 100,000 subscribers, and he teaches a weekly class to the 18,000 members in his public Grief Facebook group.NOT JUST FOR YOGIS: Paul's audience is mostly made up of people who had never thought of yoga as a way to work through grief. This practice is not as much about physical flexibility as it is about emotional liberation.GREAT RESOURCE FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS: Paul has taught this practice to over 10,000 therapists, counselors, and healthcare professionals around the world.A NEW TOOL FOR ALL TYPES OF LOSS: Paul teaches this class to workshops dealing with all kinds of loss, including breakups, divorce and betrayal, bereavement groups, cancer support centers, addiction groups, death by suicide, Alzheimer's support groups, bereaved parents and many more. This book can help with new and old losses and traumatic experiences that often go unattended.Perfect for: 18+, Yoga enthusiasts. grief help, self-help
By Juliet Rosenfeld. 2020
'A beautifully written, profoundly moving and immersive account of grief that will bring solace.' - Louise France, The TimesA revelatory…book about death and mourning by a psychotherapist faced with sudden bereavement.When Juliet Rosenfeld’s husband dies of lung cancer only seven months into their marriage, everything she has learnt about death as a psychotherapist is turned on its head.As she attempts to navigate her way through her own devastating experience of loss, Rosenfeld turns to her battered copy of Freud’s seminal essay 'Mourning and Melancholia'. Inspired by the distinction Freud draws between the savage trauma of loss that occurs at the moment of death - grief - and the longer, unpredictable evolution of that loss into something that we call mourning, Rosenfeld finds herself dramatically rethinking the commonly held therapeutic idea of 'working through stages of grief'.This is a beautifully written meditation on what the investment of love means and how to find your own path after bereavement in order for life to continue.
By David Menasche. 2014
High school English teacher Menasche relates his battle with brain cancer that began at age thirty-four with a prognosis of…death within a few months. Explains his decision years later--despite vision and mobility loss--to travel alone throughout the country to visit hundreds of his former students. Strong language. 2013
By Catherine Tidd. 2014
Tidd recounts becoming a thirty-one-year-old widow with three children under six when complications from a motorcycle accident resulted in her…husband's death. Describes her change from stay-at-home mom to blogger and motivational speaker, her forays into the dating world, and the challenges of being a single parent. Some strong language. 2014
By Lorena Alonso. 2022
Mindfulness para un duelo consciente. Un libro de gran ayuda para las personas que han perdido a un ser querido…y están en proceso de duelo. «El duelo es el proceso por el que se pasa de perder lo que tenemos, a recuperar lo que hemos perdido». En este libro, Lorena Alonso nos brinda el conocimiento y las herramientas necesarias para aprender, en primer lugar, a aceptar la impermanencia de la vida y la inevitabilidad de muerte. Nos explica en detalle qué es un proceso de duelo, sus diferentes fases y distintas aproximaciones, al tiempo que nos acerca a la filosofía del mindfulness y de la compasión budista. Así entenderemos cómo estas pueden ser un revelador instrumento psicoespiritual y de autoconocimiento a la hora de transitar y dar significado al dolor, para caminar hacia la recuperación y el consiguiente crecimiento postraumático tras la pérdida. Para ello, la autora nos propone distintas prácticas meditativas de atención plena para trabajar -de manera consciente, serena, y en el momento presente- aspectos como los pensamientos dañinos, la culpa, la despedida, los asuntos pendientes, la aceptación y los pilares de la serenidad, así como otras necesidades espirituales. Ayudando a los dolientes a tomar consciencia del dolor, para evolucionar y pasar de ser víctimas a observadores activos, a encontrarle un nuevo sentido a la vida y lograr así el bienestar psicológico, tan esencial en la vida.
By Artis Henderson. 2014
Artis became an unremarried widow in military terms after her young husband, Miles, died in a helicopter crash in Iraq…in 2006. She tells the story of her brief stint as an army wife and the aftermath of his death. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2013
By David Grossman. 2014
Walking Man announces to his wife that he is setting out in search of their son, who has died. As…Walking Man travels, other townspeople join him in search of their own loved ones. They all question whether death is truly the end of a person. Translated from Hebrew. 2014
Medical doctor specializing in hospice and palliative care outlines strategies for preparing and carrying out end-of-life plans for oneself and…for loved ones. Discusses complex matters, from whether to issue "do not resuscitate" orders to what hospice care means and the state of twenty-first century medicine. 2012
By Karen Reivich, Lucy Hone. 2017
“This book aims to help you relearn your world . . . to help you navigate the grieving process as…best you can—without hiding from your feelings or denying the reality, or significance, of your loss.” —from Resilient Grieving The death of someone we hold dear may be inevitable; being paralyzed by our grief is not. A growing body of research has revealed our capacity for resilient grieving, our innate ability to respond to traumatic loss by finding ways to grow—by becoming more engaged with our lives, and discovering new, profound meaning. Author and resilience/well-being expert Lucy Hone, a pioneer in fusing positive psychology and bereavement research, was faced with her own inescapable sorrow when, in 2014, her 12-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. By following the strategies of resilient grieving, she found a proactive way to move through her grief, and, over time, embrace life again.Resilient Grieving offers an empowering alternative to the five-stage Kübler-Ross model of grief—and makes clear our inherent capacity for growth following the trauma of a loss that changes everything.
By Atul Gawande. 2014
Surgeon and author of Complications (DB 56061) and The Checklist Manifesto (DB 70422) examines the state of end-of-life care in…the twenty-first century. Discusses medical advances which have extended life expectancy, limited training of physicians to discuss mortality with patients and family members, and ways to be honest. Bestseller. 2014
By Pauline Boss. 2022
How do we begin to cope with loss that cannot be resolved? The COVID-19 pandemic has left many of us…haunted by feelings of anxiety, despair, and even anger. In this book, pioneering therapist Pauline Boss identifies these vague feelings of distress as caused by ambiguous loss, losses that remain unclear and hard to pin down, and thus have no closure. Collectively the world is grieving as the pandemic continues to change our everyday lives. With a loss of trust in the world as a safe place, a loss of certainty about health care, education, employment, lingering anxieties plague many of us, even as parts of the world are opening back up again. Yet after so much loss, our search must be for a sense of meaning, and not something as elusive and impossible as "closure." This book provides many strategies for coping: encouraging us to increase our tolerance of ambiguity and acknowledging our resilience as we express a normal grief, and still look to the future with hope and possibility.
By Marilyn Johnson. 2007
Author of Lives in Ruins (DB 80738) examines the work of newspaper obituary writers, a club of sorts to which…she has belonged. Profiles fellow obituary writers, discusses the art of writing an obituary, and chronicles a number of the Great Obituary Writers' International Conferences. 2006
By Marie Mutsuki Mockett. 2015
Mockett's family owns a Buddhist temple near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. After the 2011 disaster at the plant,…her family was unable to bury her grandfather due to radiation levels. Grieving, Mockett journeys into the radiation zone and investigates death-centered rituals in Japan. 2015