In Talks with a Dying Patient, Affirming Life
This article from The New York Times tells the story of the journey and deeply emotional experiences of Psychoanalyst Dr. Ruth H. Livingston in working with her dying patient.
Even as my patient contemplates death, she is exquisitely attuned to the wonders of everyday life, great and small. And in the midst of all this talking I realize that I’m enlivening her, as well - that as she listens, unable to do what I am doing, she can still imagine life as it was for her, can still smile at the experience of living in the humdrum of one’s daily routine. Somehow, it feels as if we are bridging the chasm between the living and the dying.
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