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The Art of Dying: The Only Book for Persons Facing Their Own Death Paperback – September 15, 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312167768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312167769
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"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.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By GirlBerry on February 1, 2012
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When I was diagnosed with terminal cancer at a relatively young age, and told I didn't have long to live, I looked to various sources for guidance and help. But my quest found me frustrated by trying to talk with my doctors, get advice from clergy, relatives, friends, and loved ones who really didn't "get it." Of course they are supportive and loving and helpful and we are blessed to have them in our lives, but they really can't understand. For once you are told you have a month to live, or a year, or whatever, your whole life changes. Your perspectives change. Your concepts of time, your friendships, your values. If you are not terminally ill, you can't understand. But this book does. It's the piece that was missing.

The Art of Dying helps guide you through all the hard-to-discuss stuff, the stuff you don't know you should know, the myriad of feelings, thoughts, and problems with which the terminally ill must face. It discusses things like how to get your things in order, how to deal with loved ones you leave behind, how to ask for help, how to tell your children about your prognosis, perspectives on what happens after we die, forgiveness, how to deal with knowing you won't be around next Christmas, or to meet your grandchildren, retire, etc. It helps answer questions, take away the fear and give you peace of mind you can't get from those who aren't on this path right now. It is written in an informative, non-religious (not anti-religious), practical way. Even my terminally-ill support group and experienced oncology therapist couldn't do for me what this book did. The information is useful, practical, humorous, thorough, and deals with difficult subjects so you can better deal with the situation you're in too. This book was one of the best books I've ever read. It is fabulous as a guide, resource, and friend. I give it my highest recommendation.
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