“We Never Thought It Was the End”
I just watched a TEDMED video of Amanda Bennett, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author of The Cost of Hope, talk about her husband’s cancer and their fight to cure him.
She speaks about denial and hope and how they redefined hope with every change in his condition. “I believed I could keep him from dying,” she says. She and her husband didn’t say good-bye because she never believed he was dying, even as he was. She suggests we need new stories about the end-of-life, a story that celebrates victory and triumph and “a graceful retreat.” A story that she calls a heroic narrative for letting go, for saying good-bye. (You can read more about Amanda’s story and her book in this article from The New York Times.)
What do you think of Amanda’s suggestions? What do you relate to? Please share your thoughts in our comments section, below.
- End-of-Life Wishes: Joining a Conversation that Already Happens (caregiving.com)
- When You Give, You Give Hope (caregiving.com)
- Precious Moments (caregiving.com)
- Fighting the Good Fight (caregiving.com)
- Presenting My Claim Ticket (caregiving.com)
- Now Available: The Caregiving Years, Sixth Edition (caregiving.com)