Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us How to Live
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 17 juin 2009 - 208 pages
How do we learn to die? Most of us spend our lives avoiding that question, but this luminous book--a major best-seller in France--answers it with a directness and eloquence that are nothing less than transforming. As a psychologist in a hospital for the terminally ill in Paris, Marie de Hennezel has spent seven years tending to people who are relinquishing their hold on life. She tells the stories of her patients and their families. de Hennezel teaches us how to turn death--our loved ones' or our own--from something lonely and agonizing into a sacred passage. She discusses the importance of an honest reckoning, the value of ritual, the necessity of touch. In imparting these lessons, Intimate Death becomes a guide to living more fully, more intensely, than we had thought possible.
"Unique...Of all the books I have read about the endings of our lives, this elegiac testimony has taught me the most."--Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., author of How We Die
"The quiet, obvious truths [de Hennezel] discovers in her work--these things have a kind of cumulative power."--Washington Post Book World
From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Review: Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us How to LiveAvis d'utilisateur - Lena - Goodreads
Re-read and deeply moved - again! To write about dying and death with such clarity and lightness! I'm not no longer afraid of meeting death in a friend or my own... Consulter l'avis complet
Review: Intimate Death: How the Dying Teach Us How to LiveAvis d'utilisateur - Amanda Jaczkowski - Goodreads
An egotistical perspective on how to be humble. Interesting read with some good ideas, but not written in an enticing manner. Very choppy and hard to follow the thought pattern. Consulter l'avis complet