The Etiquette of Illness
What to Say When You Can't Find the WordsBook - 2004
A compassionate guide on how to negotiate the complexities of illness combines anecdotes and insights with practical advice on how to respond to a friend, colleague, or family member suffering from a serious or chronic illness, covering such topics as doctor-patient communications, end-of-life issues, and more. 30,000 first printing. First serial, O: The Oprah Magazine.
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).