Dying to Teach: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning

Dying to Teach: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Learning

by Jeffrey Berman

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In Dying to Teach, Jeffrey Berman confronts the most wrenching loss imaginable: the death of his beloved wife, Barbara. Through four interrelated narratives—how Barbara wrote about her illness in a cancer diary, how he cared for her throughout her illness, how his students reacted to his disclosure that she was dying, and how he responded to her death—Berman explores his efforts to hold on to Barbara precisely as she was letting go of life. Intensely personal, Dying to Teach affirms the power of writing to memorialize loss and work through grief, and demonstrates the importance of death education: teachers and students writing and talking about a subject that, until now, has often been deemed too personal for the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791470107
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 02/15/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Berman is Professor of English at the University at Albany, State University of New York. His previous books include Empathic Teaching: Education for Life and Risky Writing: Self-Disclosure and Self-Transformation in the Classroom.

Table of Contents


1. Barbara’s Cancer Diary

2. Barbara’s Death

3. My Eulogy for Barbara

4. An Optional Writing Assignment

5. The Other Eulogies

6. Students Reading about Barbara’s Life

7. Life after Barbara

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