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The Angel Letters: Lessons That Dying Can Teach us About Living Hardcover – December 1, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; 1 edition (December 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156663718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566637183
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If anyone understands that losing a child to a fatal illness is among the worst and most feared experiences of one's life, it is Fried, a psychologist who has worked with pediatric oncology patients for more than 15 years. In that time, he has counseled not just the patients but also their parents, siblings, extended families, and friends. He has watched helplessly as children lost their battles with cancer, only to win the struggle to die with peace and dignity. His letters, written after their deaths to a number of his most memorable patients, surely served as a catharsis for him, a means of venting pent-up grief. Compiled, they iterate the life affirmations of the children he came to know and admire over the years. Each poignantly written missive points a hauntingly hopeful lesson--in friendship, as friends and family gather on the anniversary of Emily's passing; in love, as a young woman's family mounts an impromptu wedding, complete with gown and flowers; and in other essentials for living. Donna Chavez
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Readers will shed tears of gratitude for what Dr. Norman Fried has given us. (Arthur Kurzweil, author of Kabbalah for Dummies and On the Road with Rabbi Steinsaltz)

The insights in this book can help the reader find ways to use their suffering as a path that opens out an expanded vision of this journey of love we normally call 'life.' (Christine Longaker, author of Facing Death and Finding Hope.)

[A] beautifully written book that provides the reader with invaluable lessons.... I recommend this book highly. (David Pelcovitz, Ph.D., Straus Chair in Psychology and Educa)

Each poignantly written missive points a hauntingly hopeful lesson—in friendship...in love...and in other essentials for living. (Donna Chavez Booklist)

Although the book will probably bring tears to readers' eyes, it likely will leave them feeling uplifted. (Oklahoman)

This is a very inspirational book. (Spectator Australia)

The Angel Letters is an extraordinary book. (Ina Hughs Sentinel)

Any interested in belief, acceptance, and working through illness will find The Angel Letters an inspiration... (Midwest Book Review)

The lessons are written in a manner that is personal yet still able to transcend specific cultural and religious beliefs. (Aphon Counts)

A collection of poignant essays....This is an unusual and touching book....Fried manages to convey a sense of each child's struggle in a deeply compassionate and illustrative way. (JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on May 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
THE ANGEL LETTERS - LESSONS THAT DYING CAN TEACH US ABOUT LIVING comes from a psychotherapist and counselor who works at a pediatric oncology unit in New York: he's had plenty of first-hand observations of the living and dying in the course of his fifteen years of duty and THE ANGEL LETTERS, based on his experiences, uses the form of letters addressed to nine different children whose last days and months he shared. Any interested in belief, acceptance, and working through illness will find THE ANGEL LETTERS an inspiration, making it a top choice for public lending libraries.

Diane C. Donovan

California Bookwatch
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Hoffman on February 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I was privlidged enough to read this book already, and must say it is brilliantly written and very heart felt. The author while talking about a very scary and upsetting subject allows the reader to focus not on death, but on life. It forever memorializes people whose lives were cut too short, and the lessons they had to teach the world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Johns on October 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I found this book after my son died just over a month ago. Though he died suddenly in an accident and this book is about kids who had cancer and died after being sick for a while, it was such a help to me. It has inpired me to write my own "angel letter" to my son to work through my grief.
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