When Life Meets Death: Stories of Death and Dying, Truth and Courage by Thomas William Shane; 1998; Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press; 146 pages; $29.95
When Life Meets Death is a book of stories about authentic experiences of ordinary people as they experience the death of a loved one. Dr. Shane writes stories based on his own loss as well as his professional experience as a chaplain. Story topics range from the death of an elderly parent, the loss of a child, or the traumatic loss of a loved one in the Oklahoma bombing.
The book is divided into four sections that represent different times along the continuum of the experience of death. Part I includes 15 stories about the time prior to the loved one's death when the reality of death is evident. Part II includes 1 1 stories that occur at the moment of death and describe what it is like to say the final goodbye to a loved one.
Part III includes 1 1 stories addressing traumatic death. Readers can see the conflicting feelings of the survivor ranging from anger, rage, grief, and futility as they cope with their untimely loss.
In Part IV, there are eight stories addressing the aftermath of the loved one's death as the person goes through the grieving process and journeys toward healing. The author presents eight steps in the grieving process ana offers some helpful guidelines for people who have lost a loved one.
These are stories that will touch your heart. Some stories may make you cry. Some will make you think back to your own experiences when a loved one died that may bring tears or even a smile as you remember your loved one. This is a wonderfully poignant book about the experience of death. It is suggested reading as a resource for all ages, educational levels, and religious sensibilities.