Every ten years or so, I encounter a book that makes my short list of important literary finds. Now I listen to audible.com books and seldom snuggle up with paper and ink text especially when I knit or wait for the sandman to come late at night. If you want to behold an impressive artistic achievement, check out _The Things They Carried_ by Tim O'Brien.
This book should be required reading (listening) for physicians, medical students, social workers, chaplains, and those who care about what really matters at the end of life.
The numerous stories clearly show how complex and challenging the art of care is.
From personal experience, I have observed how often family members resist the loved one's expressed wishes. Consequently, I was fascinated when the author shared his own father's story. Even in this medical family, the prospect of wrenching loss played out at the end in the poignant way that demonstrates how the heart has its reasons.
This book is a priceless contribution at a time when the implications of the anticipated tsunami of boomer care issues looms large.
Explained the tragedy
At first it brought back the day so vividly, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but I'm glad I continued to make sense of the inconceivable.
So what will we do to prevent another Newtown?
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