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My Father's Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents
     

My Father's Keeper: The Story of a Gay Son and His Aging Parents

by Jonathan G. Silin
 

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ISBN-10: 0807079650

ISBN-13: 9780807079652

Pub. Date: 06/15/2007

Publisher: Beacon

My Father's Keeper is the moving story of Jonathan Silin, a gay man in midlife who learned to care for his elderly parents as a series of life-threatening illnesses forced them to make the difficult transition from being independent to being reliant on their son. Their new needs and unrelenting demands brought them into intimate daily contact and radically

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My Father's Keeper is the moving story of Jonathan Silin, a gay man in midlife who learned to care for his elderly parents as a series of life-threatening illnesses forced them to make the difficult transition from being independent to being reliant on their son. Their new needs and unrelenting demands brought them into intimate daily contact and radically transformed what had been a difficult and emotionally fraught relationship.

My Father's Keeper chronicles the unexpected ways in which the ideas and skills Silin acquired as an early childhood educator, a specialist in life span development, and a compassionate witness to the devastation of the HIV/AIDS crisis came together with his interest in human psychology to deeply inform his thinking about the dramatic changes in his family's life and increasingly influence his role as his father's (and mother's) keeper.

Through the months and years of his parents' decline, Silin reflects on their history as a family, recalling the pain of his father's psychological struggles through midlife and the uneasy, imperfect process of accepting his son as a gay man and accepting his son's partner into the family.

My Father's Keeper is a book about beginnings and endings, loss and redemption, the ethics of intervention, and the pressing needs of two extremely vulnerable populations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807079652
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
06/15/2007
Edition description:
None
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.35(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Preludexi
1New Responsibilities1
2Out of Control13
3The Future in Question31
4Psychic Reality47
5Reading, Writing, and the Wrath of My Father67
6Unspoken Subjects91
7The Other Side of Silence105
8My Father, His Psychiatrists, and Me123
Coda145

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