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The Weeping WillowEncounters with Grief$
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Lynne Dale Halamish and Doron Hermoni

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325379

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.001.0001

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Waiting to Die

Waiting to Die

The Timing of Death

Chapter:
(p.139) 22 Waiting to Die
Source:
The Weeping Willow
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Lynne Dale Halamish

Doron Hermoni

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325379.003.0022

This chapter discusses issues concerning the timing of death, describing the case of the family of 37-year-old Jack, who was hospitalized and dying because of cancer. It discusses the author's conversation with the family and his advice for them to say their final goodbye to Jack. Jack died immediately after his father talked to him and said his final farewell. The chapter explains that people who are dying of disease usually know it and that they sometimes choose the time to die waiting for the release of final goodbyes.

Keywords:   timing of death, cancer, dying, final goodbye, family

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