The Etiquette of Illness: What to Say When You Can't Find the Words

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What should I say when I hear that my friend has cancer? How can I help but not get in the way? How do I let my loved ones know what I need?
The Etiquette of Illness is a wise, encouraging, and essential guide to navigating the complex terrain of illness. This collection of anecdotes and insights will help those who feel awkward and unsure about responding to a friend, colleague, or relative who is suffering. The book is also for people who are ill and want to engage with their loved ones effectively. We read about a range of people who are dealing with chronic illness, doctor-patient communications, and end-of-life issues-and who are striving to find their way with awareness and compassion.
Drawing on her years of counseling people with serious illness, as well as her own experiences with cancer, Susan Halpern presents an insightful book of the utmost relevance for patients, their caregivers, and their family and friends - a group which will, at some point, include all of us.
Susan P. Halpern is a social worker and psychotherapist. She is the founder of the New York Cancer Help Program and a staff associate at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. She lives with her husband, near their children and grandchildren in Berkeley, California. This is her first book.
The Etiquette of Illness is a finalist for the Books for a Better Life award.
The Etiquette of Illness is an An Amazon "Editor's Pick" for Best Book of the Year (2004).

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"Halpern ...shares here her considerable expertise...Practical suggestions are illustrated by compelling stories from her professional life... in calming, well-crafted prose."

"This moving book has a message that shines with wisdom and hope. Susan's advice is sound and useful."--Andrew Weil, M.D.

"Susan Halpern tackles the last taboo-how to talk about illness, dying, and death. This book is filled with much-needed common sense."--Cokie Roberts

"This is the most helpful book for hard times that I have read in years."--Bill Moyers

"Valuable and gratifying...Susan Halpern gives us words when our own are most likely to fail us."--Jon Kabat-Zinn

"Practical and vastly compassionate. I recommend it to anyone who wants to visit a seriously sick friend."--Daniel Goleman

"Intensely personal and full of captivating stories, The Etiquette of Illness embeds practical advice in easily accessible prose."--Christine K. Cassel, M.D., MACP, president of the American Board of Internal Med

"Wise, compassionate and very down-to-earth, this book illuminates our relationship with illness and with each other."--Joseph Goldstein

"At last! Help for those difficult moments when those we love are suffering. The Etiquette of Illness is a timeless blessing."--Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D

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Susan P. Halpern is a social worker and psychotherapist. She is the founder of the New York Cancer Help Program and a staff associate at the Commonweal Cancer Help Program. She lives with her husband, near their children and grandchildren in Berkeley, California. This is her first book.

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