Death in the Classroom: Writing About Love and Loss by Jeffrey Berman

By Jeffrey Berman

In Death within the Classroom, Jeffrey Berman writes approximately Love and Loss, the path that he designed and taught years after his wife's loss of life, within which he explored together with his scholars the literature of bereavement. Berman, construction on his prior classes that emphasised self-disclosing writing, exhibits how his scholars wrote approximately their very own reviews with love and loss, how their writing affected classmates and instructor alike, and the way writing approximately dying can result in academic and mental breakthroughs. In an age during which 80 percentage of american citizens die now not of their houses yet in associations, and during which, accordingly, the dwelling are separated from the loss of life, Death within the Classroom unearths how interpreting, writing, and conversing approximately demise can play an essential position in a student's education.

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A sense of fulfilment, at ‘consummating one’s life,’ as Nietzsche put it, diminishes death-anxiety” (340). Barbara’s death-anxiety was intense throughout her life, and it rose to panic levels after her diagnosis, but all who knew her would agree that she had a deeply fulfilling life in her family and career until her death at the age of fifty-seven. Perhaps this death-anxiety would have diminished had she died in her nineties, like her parents and grandparents. Despite this one disagreement with Yalom, I would have included The Schopenhauer Cure on our reading list had I known about the novel a few months ago.

She believed at the time that she could never love a child as much as she loved our dog Cybele. The night before she gave birth to Arielle in 1973, she started crying, fearing that she had made a great mistake by becoming pregnant. As soon as Arielle was born, however, Barbara felt an immediate and intense maternal bond, which only increased over time. Her devotion to her children and her dogs never wavered. I soon realized that if I were foolish enough to give her an ultimatum between choosing her husband or dog, I would be the one sleeping in the doghouse.

And another: “Very much. ” Those who have not yet suffered loss reacted differently to the eulogy. One observed: “I haven’t had someone very close to me pass away. ” Fifty-two out of fifty-five people believed it was appropriate for me to read aloud my eulogy. They would agree with the following comment: “I think it was very appropriate for you to read the eulogy aloud. ” Another liked the fact that the teacher was doing what he wanted his students to do.

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