A Wedding in Haiti by Julia Alvarez

By Julia Alvarez

In a narrative that travels past borders and among households, acclaimed Dominican novelist and poet Julia Alvarez displays at the joys and burdens of love—for her mom and dad, for her husband, and for a tender Haitian boy often called Piti. during this intimate real account of a promise saved, Alvarez takes us on a trip into reports that problem our frame of mind approximately heritage and the way it may be reimagined while humans from countries—traditional enemies and strangers—become buddies.

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Media coverage of medical research, scientific breakthroughs, and the promise of new treatments encourages us to think that cures for the worst illnesses can occur at any time. As an extreme example of denial, a doctor in the United States established a prize of one million dollars for the person who can successfully “hack the code of life” and defeat death for good. Our collective fear of death is so strong, our defenses so well maintained, that when a person receives a terminal diagnosis, he or she is totally unprepared and often hides within a fragile bubble of hope—hope for more time, hope for remission, hope for a breakthrough.

Paper) Subjects: LCSH: Terminal care. | Terminally ill--Care. | Doulas. com/newsletter Contents Preface Chapter 1: A Tale of Two Deaths Chapter 2: The End-of-Life Doula Approach Chapter 3: Death Mythology Chapter 4: Truth Telling at End of Life Chapter 5: Deep Active Listening Chapter 6: Life Review and the Search for Meaning Chapter 7: Creating Legacy Projects Chapter 8: Planning for the Final Days Chapter 9: Guided Imagery Chapter 10: Ritual Chapter 11: The Vigil Chapter 12: Reprocessing and Grief Afterword Acknowledgments Preface Death is like a dark and painful family secret that we try to keep hidden away.

Or it might be a series of letters to current or future family members, expressing thoughts and wishes for them when they reach important milestones in their lives. The kinds of legacy projects people create are limited only by the imagination and creativity of those involved. Over time, these legacies become deeply valued family treasures, because they allow people to reconnect with the person after they have died and reengage with the meaning they identified. A legacy project does more than express meaning.

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