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How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who's Sick Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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Her lists of dos and don'ts, her compassion for both patient and caregiver, her sense of how different people are -- some wanting control, others wanting to be controlled -- the importance of simply listening to the other person even though you are afraid, stressed, over-tired, sick of it all. She captures some of what kept me going, but gosh I would have liked to have had this book by my bedside to just browse in when the going got tough and it didn't seem possible to keep going.
One of the most powerful facts about this book is that Pogrebin interviewed over 60 different patients, some of whom needed constant support, others of whom truly wanted solitude. She clearly listened, and she captured their voices and their desires in remarkable ways. I would only add from our 34 years together, Janet sometimes wanted to be totally in control, sometimes totally alone, sometimes with whole hearted support. It was very easy for me to remember what she said during one of those periods and mis-apply it a day or a week or a month later when her mood or her desires had changed. This book would have made those moments of confusion much easier to resolve.
Bravo Letty! I recommend that every caregiver read this book and reflect on the learning here.
Robert C. Ross