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, during which he explored along with his scholars the literature of bereavement. Berman, development on his earlier 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 demise may end up in academic and mental breakthroughs. In an age within which 80 percentage of usa citizens die now not of their houses yet in associations, and during which, as a result, the residing are separated from the loss of life, Death within the Classroom unearths how studying, writing, and conversing approximately demise can play an important function in a student's education.
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Fred Shapiro; and we were equally fortunate to have the loving help of my cousin, Dr. Glenn Dranoff, through whose inﬂuence Barbara was accepted into a clinical trial for an experimental pancreatic cancer vaccine, which almost certainly prolonged the quality of her life by several months. Shortly after Barbara’s diagnosis I received a letter from my dear friend Randy Craig’s brother, David, whose wife had died recently after a long battle with breast cancer. David wrote that the last months of their marriage were the happiest of their life, the time when they felt the greatest understanding, contentment, and intimacy.
She worried about events that happened and those that did not. She was grief-stricken when we had to put a dog to sleep, and one of her dying wishes was to have the cremated ashes of her beloved dog Ebony placed in her burial casket. In therapy I learned a new word—catastrophizer—and it immediately resonated within me. Perhaps we were catastrophizers because of our parents, who had difﬁcult lives during the Depression; perhaps we were catastrophizers because we are Jewish and therefore keenly aware of persecution and suffering.
I love my family and friends with all my heart. This is only a reafﬁrmation of my faith. Keep your head up. I’m only dying physically. Meet me at the stoplight after the gate. Most of the remaining eighteen students imagined upbeat or funny dying words. They testify to the importance of remembering the dead, enjoying life to the fullest, living a good life, embracing love, and accepting the joy and sorrow of existence: Move on, for if you don’t, you’re as useful to this world as I am right now.
Death in the Classroom: Writing About Love and Loss by Jeffrey Berman