Dying Well: Our Journey of Love and Loss by Susan Ducharme Hoben is a touching memoir that recounts her feelings of love and loss in connection to her husband, Bruce. This work focuses on their lives together beginning with her own cancer treatments in 2000 and moving on to focus on the diagnosis of Bruce in 2008. It is a beautiful true story that wonderfully reflects the love between these two people during their relationship.
Susan Ducharme Hoben notes in her introduction that she was told she should write a book following the death of her husband. Unlike many people at her bereavement meetings she and Bruce chose to focus on living life as best they could when it became apparent that at a certain point treatment would only slightly prolong the inevitable. Hoben openly shares so much about their lives and the connection that they shared over the course of their relationship. Beyond the happy moments she does delve into the scarier and harder times that came about once Bruce was diagnosed.
Dying Well is a further celebration of Bruce’s life and the love that was shared between him and Hoben. She shares so much with her readers that you feel as though you truly were a part of their lives. This book handles the grieving process as something that you go through long term and even though preparations are made for the final moments of someone’s life that there is a still a shock when it does happen. Dying Well is something that I would recommend to those who are themselves grieving or coping with a diagnosis and handling how to move forward. You will also very much want to have tissues ready because this story will tug at your heartstrings and fill you with love. You can find Dying Well on sale now.
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