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Gathering wisdom and resourcesWe’re gathering here wisdom and resources on communication, grief, loss and more. We’ll update this page as we learn. Please share resources you’ve found valuable using the Reply / Comments section below.

Grief

  • Grief and Waves. Excerpt:
    Alright, here goes. I’m old. What that means is that I’ve survived (so far) and a lot of people I’ve known and loved did not. I’ve lost friends, best friends, acquaintances, co-workers, grandparents, mom, relatives, teachers, mentors, students, neighbors, and a host of other folks. I have no children, and I can’t imagine the pain it must be to lose a child. But here’s my two cents. I wish I could say you get used to people dying. I never did. I don’t want to. Read full content . . .

Communicating

  • How not to say the wrong thing. Known as “Comfort IN — dump OUT” or as the “Ring Theory of Kvetching” — it works in all kinds of crises — medical, legal, even existential. Read the article . . . 
  • Talking to a loved one with dementia. If you have a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, then you know how difficult it can be to communicate with him or her. This article provides techniques that can be used improve communication with the person you love. You’ll learn about redirection, validation therapy and more. Read the article . . .

Books

  • The New York Times article ‘The Good Death,’ ‘When Breath Becomes Air’ and More (February 2016) reviews DEATH’S SUMMER COAT: What the History of Death and Dying Can Tell Us About Life and Living, by Brandy Schillace; THE GOOD DEATH: An Exploration of Dying in America, by Ann Neumann; IN THE SLENDER MARGIN: The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying, by Eve Joseph; THE ICEBERG, by Marion Coutts; and WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR, by Paul Kalanithi. Read the article . . .

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