The New York Times
January 3, 2011
Forty years ago, when Elisabeth Kübler-Ross published her landmark book “On Death and Dying,” losing a family member was typically a swifter and more sudden event. Often people literally dropped dead with heart attacks. Today’s families usually confront a different reality.
The psychologists Barbara Okun and Joseph Nowinski, authors of the new book “Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Loss,” call this experience “the new grief,” a consequence of the way contemporary medicine can keep people with serious illnesses alive for extended periods.
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