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Conversations at Midnight: Coming to Terms With Dying and Death Hardcover – February, 1993


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In 1989 Herbert Kramer, a communications consultant, was told he had terminal cancer; he died in April 1992. Written during the years following the diagnosis, this is the remarkable account of how he came to terms with death. What makes this work noteworthy is that it is the joint effort of the dying man and his wife, Kay, a Connecticut clinical social worker whose specialty is counseling terminally ill people. Some sections of this book were written by Herbert, others by Kay, and the rest is dialogue between the two. In these conversations the husband's spirits (and the reader's) are uplifted by his wife's wisdom. The couple discuss the nature of reality, death, love, the meaning of life and the quandaries faced by the dying, such as whether to allow the use of extraordinary measures to extend life. As described by Kay Kramer, Herbert Kramer's was a peaceful death for which he was ready. Reading this memoir one understands why.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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As a joint project, this book consists of conversations between husband and wife and Herbert's meditations on death and dying, as he faces his own death from cancer. Herbert is a communications consultant, and Kay a grief therapist for the terminally ill and their families. The book follows the course of Herbert's illness, his reflections on the disease, the spiritual support and guidance he receives from his wife, and his own preparation for death. Those with a spiritual bent will find more comfort here than those without, but the couple's honesty and courage are inspiring, and most readers should find something valuable in it. Highly recommended for psychology collections.
- Bonnie Hoffman, Stony Brook, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Co; 1st edition (February 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688120849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688120849
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,142,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G. Bennett Ulrich on November 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
...P>There is something so powerful in the simple and straightforward layout of this book, which is literally a dialogue between two people who are finding a peace with each other as they prepare for the inevitable death of one of them, that makes this more than just a book, but a window into human death, faith, love and grieving.
Even reading the book in pieces doesn't take away its power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Weeks on June 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
Herb Kramer was not only my boss in the days of the government's War on Poverty, but my mentor and friend. Not until Page 75 was I sure this was my friend's book of his journey to death -- a sad, yet positive presentation of what we all face, a journal I recommended to my physician that he may be reassured that death is not HIS failure, but his opportunity to make the journey a helpful guide. I would like to express my condelonces to his widow, Kay, a trained social worker who helped Herb's passage to eternity.
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By N. North on June 30, 2013
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This is a loving, sad chronicle of one couple's lives as they face the death of one of them. It is very well-written, poignant, and yet comforting. I think it should be required reading in counseling classes.
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By Lampwrker on March 4, 2014
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I've owned a copy since the first publication. I bought two more, one for a friend and a extra when someone wants to brrow.
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