Death in the Classroom: Writing About Love and Loss by Jeffrey Berman

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, construction on his past classes that emphasised self-disclosing writing, indicates how his scholars wrote approximately their very own studies with love and loss, how their writing affected classmates and instructor alike, and the way writing approximately demise can result in academic and mental breakthroughs. In an age during which 80 percentage of usa citizens die no longer of their houses yet in associations, and during which, for this reason, the residing are separated from the demise, Death within the Classroom finds how examining, writing, and conversing approximately dying can play a necessary function in a student's education.

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No one could ask for a more devoted oncologist than Dr. 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.

What if anything should you know about me? I have never asked students to indicate in a questionnaire why they are taking a particular course with me, so I can’t compare the results with those of other questionnaires. Nor do I know whether these students are representative of others who are enrolled at my university. Nevertheless, the results are interesting. Students cited several academic reasons for taking the course. Many chose the course because they needed to fulfill requirements for being an English major or minor, and this one looked attractive.

Coincidentally, today I received a letter from Amanda, who was in that Expository Writing course. The letter describes her response to reading Dying to Teach, and I’ll include it in the appendix to the memoir, along with her classmates’ responses. The letter comes just in time, for this week I sent the final manuscript to SUNY Press. Amanda’s response to the entire book is different from her response to the eulogy when I read it in class. She now writes: “When my friend’s mother died in March 2004, the semester I took your course, writing about it was soothing.

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