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Download The Courage To Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing In the Face of Death and Dying fb2, epub

ISBN: 0786259914
Author: Allen Klein
Language: English
Publisher: Thorndike Press; 1 edition (March 2, 2004)
Pages: 339
Category: Humor
Subcategory: Humour
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 949
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Through Allen Klein's book I discovered that, in the face of trauma, humor is as much a saving grace as are spiritual/religious beliefs

Through Allen Klein's book I discovered that, in the face of trauma, humor is as much a saving grace as are spiritual/religious beliefs. Laughter is excellent medicine.

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show how patients use humor to cope when life is threatened offer hope and encouragement to readers dealing with loss give readers permission to laugh when they feel like crying explain how popular culture can ease death-related fears provide uplifting quotes and jokes. With poignant wisdom from children, parents, doctors, and nurses, combined with the spirited writing of the author, The Courage to Laugh is a lifesaving tool for everyone experiencing a serious illness and for the people who care for them.

BOOK DETAILS "This book is filled with inspiring stories of people who were able to laugh in the face of life's toughest challenges.

Excerpt from The Courage to Laugh: "Sometimes a laugh is the only weapon we have. While I was writing this book, my dad died. Is Death Too Serious for Humor? Chapter 1: Humor and Death: Tasteless or Triumphant ? Chapter 2: Humor: Hope and Healing Chapter 3: Humor: Uses and Abuses Chapter 4: Lessons in Laughter. PART II. Seeing Demise Thru Humorous Eyes. This book is filled with inspiring stories of people who were able to laugh in the face of life's toughest challenges. Author of The Courage to Grieve a survival manual you cannot live without.

Allen Klein (born April 26, 1938) is a pioneer in gelotology and the therapeutic humor movement. In 1974, Klein's wife was only 34 years old when she died of liver disease, and the aspect where she had kept her sense of humor all the way to the end inspired Klein to give up his previous career as a theater and television scene designer and to study human development. Klein is an American author and lecturer on the stress relieving benefits of humor and on gallows humor.

His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, specifically . We're listening to all perspectives and having the conversations that we as human beings who live and die on this earth, need to have, without fear of judgement.

His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, specifically shows readers how others have found something to laugh about in their loss. Another one of his books, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying, shows readers, through five stages, how to embrace life after a loss. Patty Burgess Brecht is the President of Possibility for Doing Death Differently and Teaching Transitions. She is an End-of-Life Educator and Certified Grief Recovery Specialist.

The Courage to Laugh : Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying.

The Courage to Laugh book. Based on the author's years of giving speeches and leading workshops for patients and their caregivers and families, The Courage to Laugh will be the first book to

Allen Klein is a pioneer in gelotology and the therapeutic humor movement

Allen Klein is a pioneer in gelotology and the therapeutic humor movement. In 1974, Klein"s wife was only 34 years old when she died of liver disease, and the aspect where she had kept her sense of humor all the way to the end inspired Klein to give up his previous career as a theater and television scene designer and to study human development. Among other positions, Klein was the 2005-2006 president of The Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.

His second book, The Courage to Laugh: Humor, Hope, and Healing in the Face of Death and Dying, documents how people have used humor to triumph over tragedy. A recent book, Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying, shows readers how to embrace life fully again after a loss.

Illustrating the natural importance of laughter, Allen shows readers how to face the end of life and the grieving process with dignity and compassion. Filled with insight, heartwarming stories, and anecdotes from patients, doctors, nurses, children, and comedians, The Courage to Laugh is a lifesaving tool that helps rekindle the human spirit of both the people experiencing a serious illness and the loved ones who care for them.

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Comments:

Bludsong
Good book to have especially if you are going through or will be going through a tough time of losing someone.
caster
The book was in great shape when it appeared at my door. I have never been disappointed yet.
Thiama
Love it great reading everyone needs to learn to laugh --I attended his worksho and the book highlighted his workshop
Cala
Looking for inspirational literature for a cancer patient and I have not given it away nor have I read it.
Duzshura
What a delight to read! It reinforces my thoughts on how people deal with death and dying and gives an entire new look at our final journey and how we get there.
Mushicage
Years ago, I learned about the work of Norman Cousins, then editor of "The Saturday Review." My late father was a real fan of that magazine and told me about Cousin's then radical ideas about how humor could help healing. His work is covered in his 1979 book, Anatomy of an Illness (Norton). Since then, I've had an interest in humor and how it helps us cope with the trials and tribulations of life.
Allen Klein has taken the concept a step further, exploring in great detail how humor helps us cope with death. As I began the book, I read about Klein's experience with the death of his father. Thoughts of my father's death came creeping into my consciousness. Do I want to read this book? I continued reading, and I'm glad I did. This book is a fascinating sociological study of humor and death. It's very well done, so well that the book could qualify as a college textbook as well as a very interesting read . . . and even a valuable guidebook for people working in hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, or caring for a loved one.
The organization of The Courage to Laugh was obvious, and made the book easier to read, understand, and absorb. Part I answers the question, "Is Death Too Serious for Humor?" with four strong background chapters. The second part of the book, Seeing Demise Thru Humorous Eyes, is filled with an amazing collection of wit and understanding from a wide variety of sources. I became so engaged with this material, that I couldn't put the book down. I just kept reading! I also enjoyed the last part of the book, Leave' Em Laughing, that looks at the subject through the eyes of those who are dying.
Highly recommended for anyone dealing with death and dying or studying the topic. If you're a student of humor, this book is a treasure.
Black_Hawk_Down.
I purchased this book and read it after the deaths of three immediate family members (son, father, mother-in-law) occurred within a year's time. I reached a point wherein I asked myself, "How have I been able to cope with all the stress this year, and why am I coming unglued now?" The answer is in the title of the book. What helped me throughout the year was my wit. I realized that I needed to nurture my sense of humor as much as I needed food, clothing, shelter, love and prayer.
Through Allen Klein's book I discovered that, in the face of trauma, humor is as much a saving grace as are spiritual/religious beliefs.
I heartily recommend this book for anyone who is facing a terminal illness or who has a loved one who has a terminal illness, as well as for those who are at least a year past the death of their loved one (unless they have an extremely accessible wit).
Laughter is excellent medicine. Buy this book, but then remember to take the medicine! Laughing in the face of death, or finding light when one feels that life is dark, is a challenging task. It takes courage to search thoroughly and find humor's rainbow behind the dark clouds of grief.
Much of our popular culture defines heroism as laughing in the face of death. Square-jawed heroes and voluptuous heroines in books and movies show us what they're made of as they make light of their impending demise.
Allen Klein writes about heroes, death, and laughter, too. Klein's heroes aren't cartoon characters, they're ordinary people. They are you and me. Klein's heroes haven't been chained in the path of an onrushing train. They're teathered to an IV during chemo-therapy or living with a chronic condition that won't kill them but just make life more difficult as time goes by. Klein's heroes have one thing in common; their ability to laugh at themselves and their situations. They've also given others The gift of laughing with them.
Allen Klein has done a remarkable thing. Rather than celebrate heroism by elevating it out of our grasp, he celebrates it by bringing it to a level where its accessible to all of us. Klein's heroism is facing our time here with dignity, optimism, and a sense of humor in spite of an uncertain future. That's living. That's dying. That's the point.

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