We Are So Lightly Here

We Are So Lightly Here

We Are So Lightly Here

We Are So Lightly Here

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It is possible to spend one's last months dying in a state of emancipation and acceptance. But, ir rarely happens, and certainly, not overnight. Life - in part - is the preparation. Western culture perceives death as defeat and cancer as the enemy that must be fought. The prolonging of life must be encouraged no matter the futility and anguish. To stop debilitating and experimental treatments is to lose hope. We Are So Lightly Here is the true story of how one ordinary man found the courage to transition from life with terminal cancer to death as a result of, paradoxically, his affirmation of life. Deborah Golden Alecson poses new ways to understand "hope."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623520724
Publisher: Deborah Golden Alecson
Publication date: 09/15/2014
Edition description: 2nd ed.
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

Deborah Golden Alecson is a thanatologist and adjunct professor. She designed and teaches a course in medical humanities for the School of Liberal Arts at Excelsior College. She has taught "Ethics of Health Care," "Death, Dying and Bereavement," "Spirituality in Life Transitions," and "The Sociology of Health and Illness" for the Schools of Health Science and Nursing at Excelsior College. She has created a course in thanatology that she teaches for Williams College during their Winter Study semester. She writes a monthly newspaper column called "Musings on Mortality." She lectures on and writes about dying well in a death-phobic culture as well as other topics. Her website is: http://www.deborahgoldenalecson.com/

Lucille Marchand, M.D., BSN
Director of Palliative Care at University of Washington Medical Center
Professor and Section Chief of Palliative Care, Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle WA
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