Dying, Death, and Bereavement

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 94–95. Reviews the book, Dying, Death, and Bereavement (2nd ed.) by Lewis R. Aiken (1991). This book is surprisingly informative, diverse, and comprehensive for a work that is also written with passion and poetry. The opening quote is from Norman Cousins: “The great tragedy of life is not death but what dies inside of us while we live.” Aiken adopts this sense of pathos in considering how we think about death and dying–and how we try not to think about them. He surveys history, literature, and research with unmistakable compassion. This makes for rich if sobering reading, and for all our human denial of death, the book is hard to put down. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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