Informed by two lifetimes of experience, A Matter of Death and Life offers poignant insights and solace to all those seeking to fight despair in the face of death, so that they can live meaningfully.
An indelible portrait of bereavement: the terror, pain, denial, and reluctant acceptance… But what we are left with is an unforgettable and achingly beautiful story of enduring love ~ Lori Gottlieb, bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
Both a sweet reminiscence and a path to discovery… Two eminent professors, authors, and lifelong partners grapple with aging, fragility, and death ~ Frank Ostaseski, author of The Five Invitations
A Matter of Death and Life by Irvin Yalom and Marilyn Yalom
Internationally renowned psychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom has devoted his career to counselling those suffering from anxiety and grief. But never had he faced the need to counsel himself until his wife, esteemed feminist author Marilyn Yalom, was diagnosed with cancer. In A Matter of Death and Life, Marilyn and Irvin share how they took on profound new struggles: Marilyn to die a good death, Irvin to live on without her.
In alternating accounts of their last months together and Irvin’s first months alone, they offer us a rare window into coping with death and the loss of one’s beloved. The Yaloms had rare blessings – a loving family, a beautiful home, a large circle of friends, avid readers around the world, and a long, fulfilling marriage – but they faced death as we all do. With the candour and wisdom of those who have thought deeply and loved well, they investigate universal questions of intimacy, love, and grief.