Meanings of Death and Dying in the era of AIDS in Soweto, South Africa:Living not dying with AIDS Natalya Dinat
Following the death of her father, journalist and hospice volunteer Ann Neumann sets out to examine what it means to die well in the United States. When Ann Neumann´s father was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin´s lymphoma, she left her job and moved back to her hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She became his full-time caregiver - cooking, cleaning, and administering medications. When her father died, she was undone by the experience, by grief and the visceral quality of dying. Neumann struggled to put her life back in order and found herself haunted by a question: Was her father´s death a good death? The way we talk about dying and the way we actually die are two very different things, she discovered, and many of us are shielded from what death actually looks like. To gain a better understanding, Neumann became a hospice volunteer and set out to discover what a good death is today. She attended conferences, academic lectures, and grief sessions in church basements. She went to Montana to talk with the attorney who successfully argued for the legalization of aid in dying, and to Scranton, Pennsylvania, to listen to ´´pro-life´´ groups who believe the removal of feeding tubes from some patients is tantamount to murder. Above all, she listened to the stories of those who were close to death. What Neumann found is that death in contemporary America is much more complicated than we think. Medical technologies and increased life expectancies have changed the very definition of medical death. And although death is our common fate, it is also a divisive issue that we all experience differently. What constitutes a good death is unique to each of us, depending on our age, race, economic status, culture, and beliefs. What´s more, differing concepts of choice, autonomy, and consent make death a contested landscape, governed by social, medical, legal, and religious systems. In these words, Neumann brings us intimate portraits of the nurses, patients, bisho 1. Language: English. Narrator: Suzanne Toren. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/025357/bk_adbl_025357_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, MD, transformed the way the world thinks about death and dying. Beginning with the groundbreaking publication of the classic psychological study On Death and Dying and continuing through her many books and her years working with terminally ill children, AIDS patients, and the elderly, Kübler-Ross brought comfort and understanding to millions coping with their own deaths or the deaths of loved ones. In The Wheel of Life, when Kübler-Ross was 71 years old and facing her own death, this world-renowned healer told the story of her extraordinary life. Having taught the world how to die well, she offered a lesson on how to live well. The Wheel of Life is an adventure of the heart - powerful, controversial, inspirational - a fitting legacy of a powerful life. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ellen Burstyn. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/sans/006893/bk_sans_006893_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
After four decades of training volunteers to sit at the bedsides of the dying, psychologist and Shanti founder Charles Garfield has created an essential guide for friends and families who want to offer comfort and ease their loved ones´ final days. Life´s Last Gift is an indispensable emotional lifeline to hand to the grief-stricken, offering compassionate, practical advice on reaffirming connection and acquiring skills to be of the greatest service to those at the end of life. By focusing on the reciprocal and healing relationship between the living and the dying, which continues until the last breath, Garfield offers a path toward clarity and wholeness, and even growth. More than 90 percent of Americans believe it is a family´s responsibility to provide care for a loved one who is dying, and more than 650,000 people in the United States each year die at home, where much of the caregiving is done by family members and friends. Approximately 43.5 million caregivers have provided unpaid care to an adult or child in the last 12 months (National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP, 2015). Charles Garfield, PhD, founded Shanti, an internationally honored volunteer organization dedicated to the care of the dying and those living with cancer and AIDS, and the Shanti National Training Institute, which takes Shanti´s model to organizations around the world. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, he is currently a research scholar at the Starr King School of the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Carlson. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/100380/bk_acx0_100380_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A physician reveals how right-wing backlash policies have mortal consequences - even for the white voters they promise to help.Named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Esquire and the Boston Globe.In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.Physician Jonathan M. Metzl´s quest to understand the health implications of ´´backlash governance´´ leads him across America´s heartland. Interviewing a range of everyday Americans, he examines how racial resentment has fueled progun laws in Missouri, resistance to the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee, and cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. And he shows these policies´ costs: increasing deaths by gun suicide, falling life expectancies, and rising dropout rates. White Americans, Metzl argues, must reject the racial hierarchies that promise to aid them but in fact lead our nation to demise. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jamie Renell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/hach/005110/bk_hach_005110_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Txema Ybarra is the most unenviable 19-year-old girl alive. Smart, pretty, and athletically gifted, this University of Tennessee freshman should be enjoying college life and her entrance into adulthood. And for a moment she does...until the vampires show up. Born with an unusual ´´twin teardrop´´ birthmark on her neck, Txema (pronounced Chema) is one of only a handful of females in the world who bear this trait. It marks her as a vessel of eternal youth and beauty for an elite vampire society determined to protect her precious blood.... But it also is the only thing standing in the way of a rogue ´´undead´´ nation determined to destroy mankind and usurp the power their sexier brethren have held uncontested for centuries. Caught in the middle of this war after all the other bearers of the birthmark are murdered, Txema must flee America and heads to France under the protection of five beautiful vampires who all have a vested interest in her survival. The race is on to save her blood, as well as her very life, to ensure the survival of Les Amantes de Vampire. Otherwise, Txema will be the last one...the vampires´ last lover. **This second edition (December 2011 version) features changes recommended by my readers during the course of the past year. I am forever grateful for their feedback -Aiden James*** 1. Language: English. Narrator: Stephanye Dussud. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/004485/bk_acx0_004485_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.