In the Slender Margin

The Intimate Strangeness of Death and Dying
Product Number: EB00743478
Released: Nov 19, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781628726275
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
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"Each of the wonderfully specific tales in this book feels like an antidote to the familiar Hallmark cliches about death and loss" (The Globe and Mail, Toronto). Eve Joseph is an award-winning poet who worked for twenty years as a palliative care counselor in a hospice. When she was a young girl, she lost a much older brother, and her experience as a grown woman helping others face death, dying, and grief opens the path for her to recollect and understand his loss in a way she could not as a child. In the Slender Margin is an insider's look at an experience that awaits us all and an intimate invitation to consider death and our response to it without fear or morbidity, but rather with wonder and a curious mind. Writing with a poet's precise language and in short meditative chapters leavened with insight, warmth, and occasional humor, Joseph cites her hospice experience as well as the writings of others across generations-from the realms of mythology, psychology, science, religion, history, and literature-to illuminate the many facets of dying and death. Offering examples from cultural traditions, practices, and beliefs from around the world, her book is at once an exploration of the unknowable and a very humane journey through the land of grief. "Intricate and beautiful . . . Provides an intimate language for grief and makes death a site of wonder as much as pain." -National Post "Grieving readers will not find a road map to closure, but they can join a curious mind in a journey of exploration. A literate, free-association meditation on the final fact of life." -Kirkus Reviews

Author(s): Eve Joseph
Original Publish Date: Jan 05, 2016

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