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July/August 2011
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The New Grief

Are we casualties of
medicine's war on death?

Editor's Letter
By Richard Simon


The New Grief
By Joseph Nowinski
The increasing ability of modern medicine to arrest or slow terminal illness means that never before has death been such an extended process for so many. But as a culture, we’re only just beginning to face the deep ambivalence this creates for both patient and family.

Is Enough Ever Enough?
By Jordan Magaziner

We’re living longer and longer, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that we’d choose to live through a painful terminal illness. Do we have the right to opt out? Should we?

Unhappy Endings
By Katy Butler

A perverse set of financial incentives within the medical system too often leads to the promotion of maximum treatment, no matter what. When this happens, patients and families may no longer be the beneficiaries of the war on sudden death, becoming its victims.

By Fred Wistow

In a very dark corner of each of our minds is a voice that says, “I’m going to die. One day, I’m going to die.” How we react to this voice determines how we live our lives.

The Stories We Live
By David Seaburn

The essence of psychotherapy and fiction writing is the openness to the possibility that, no matter how small, no matter how fleeting, things might not only be different, but, perhaps, better.




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By Garry Cooper

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In Consultation
By Patrick Dougherty
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Case Study
By Rob Fisher
Sometimes conversation isn’t the best way to communicate with clients. There are times when therapists must go beyond the words.
-Commentary By Nancy Napier

Point of View
By Ryan Howes

Neil Clark Warren, the founder of the matchmaking site eHarmony, talks about what it takes to find a romantically compatible match.

By Diane Cole
Join the Club: How Peer Pressure Can Transform the World In an age of cynicism, a refreshing look at “the social cure.”

Family Matters
By Brad Sachs
In every love relationship, there are words that best remain unspoken.