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The Long Goodbye by Meghan O'Rourke
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Aug 08, 2011

really liked it
Read in August, 2011

I wavered b/t 3 and 4 stars but rounded up when I thought about all the impressive and eclectic research this young writer did in trying to come to grips with her mother's death. She is both more scholarly and poetic than I was when I did my own research after the death of my older brother. I lean more toward psychology and the spiritual; I got the strong sense this writer is an atheist.
Also - I was hoping to see in her bibliography/credits something by Polly Young-Eisendrath, a Jungian-Buddhist who has written wonderful books on death, resilience, and women. Not there.
Most important: while mortality - in this case, that of our parents - is 'natural', the author is correct that we have no good widespread or culturally-wide ways to ritualize death and mourning. It was refreshing to read about this topic from a young person's perspective.
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