"This practical and encouraging book shows how dying can heal us, and helps us make the final transition a time of love and new beginnings."--Bernie Siegel, M.D.
"The Art of Dying speaks to modern readers with refreshing frankness and wit. It covers the subject thoroughly, from how to inform relatives of impending death, to coping with pain and fear, to death rituals, to preparing for a possible afterlife or, depending on one's viewpoint, the end of it all."--Publishers Weekly
"Along with our caring presence, this book may be the finest gift we can give someone facing the last stage of life."--Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of When Bad Things Happen to Good People
"Dr. Weenolsen . . . doesn't duck the tough questions . . . [or] impose her own answers to them: She goes a long way toward enabling the reader to find ways of coping that are right for him or her. Her book is at once hope-inspiring and clear-headed."--from the preface by M. Brewster Smith Ph.D., former president of the American Psychological Association
"This book gives the same things a good support group does--compassionate sympathy and practical advice for people sharing pain. It will be a Godsend."--Rebecca Brown, author of Gifts of the Baby
"A simple, straightforward guide for dying persons, at once practical and spiritual, with the pervasive themes of hope and love. The author's wisdom, warmth, and wit make it particuarly compelling. It is also for family and friends of dying persons, for professionals in the health-care fields, and for those who train them."--Hannelore Wass, Ph.D., founding editor, Death Studies
About the Author
Patricia Weenolsen, Ph.D., is a psychologist specializing in life-span development and death and dying. Over the past two decades she has conducted research and taught at several universities, among them the University of California at Santa Cruz and Chicago State. Her first book, Transcendence of Loss over the Life Span is a classic in the field. She has counseled thousands of bereaved and terminally ill persons, and has led seminars and workshops on dying, loss and related topics. Dr. Weenolsen has appeared on the Today Show, the Joan Rivers Show, and National Public Radio. She lives in Seattle, Washington.