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On My Own

Diane Rehm

In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed "on her own," coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world-struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past. Her focus is on her own roller-coaster experiences, but she has also solicited the moving stories of such recently widowed friends as Roger Mudd and Susan Stamberg, which work to expose the reader to a remarkable range of reactions to the death of a spouse. John's unnecessarily extended death-he begged to be helped to die-culminated in his taking matters into his own hands, simply refusing to take water, food, and medication. His heroic actions spurred Diane into becoming a kind of poster person for the "right to die" movement that is all too slowly taking shape in our country. With the brave determination that has characterized her whole life, she is finding a meaningful new way to contribute to the world. Her book-as practical as it is inspiring-will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about the possibilities that remain to us as we deal with our own approaching mortality.

In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed "on her own," coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world-struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past. Her focus is on her own roller-coaster experiences, but she has also solicited the moving stories of such recently widowed friends as Roger Mudd and Susan Stamberg, which work to expose the reader to a remarkable range of reactions to the death of a spouse. John's unnecessarily extended death-he begged to be helped to die-culminated in his taking matters into his own hands, simply refusing to take water, food, and medication. His heroic actions spurred Diane into becoming a kind of poster person for the "right to die" movement that is all too slowly taking shape in our country. With the brave determination that has characterized her whole life, she is finding a meaningful new way to contribute to the world. Her book-as practical as it is inspiring-will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about the possibilities that remain to us as we deal with our own approaching mortality.
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In a deeply personal and moving book, the beloved NPR radio host speaks out about the long drawn-out death (from Parkinson's) of her husband of fifty-four years, and of her struggle to reconstruct her life without him. With John gone, Diane was indeed "on her own," coping with the inevitable practical issues and, more important, with the profoundly emotional ones. What to do, how to react, reaching out again into the world-struggling to create a new reality for herself while clinging to memories of the past. Her focus is on her own roller-coaster experiences, but she has also solicited the moving stories of such recently widowed friends as Roger Mudd and Susan Stamberg, which work to expose the reader to a remarkable range of reactions to the death of a spouse. John's unnecessarily extended death-he begged to be helped to die-culminated in his taking matters into his own hands, simply refusing to take water, food, and medication. His heroic actions spurred Diane into becoming a kind of poster person for the "right to die" movement that is all too slowly taking shape in our country. With the brave determination that has characterized her whole life, she is finding a meaningful new way to contribute to the world. Her book-as practical as it is inspiring-will be a help and a comfort to the recently bereaved, and a beacon of hope about the possibilities that remain to us as we deal with our own approaching mortality.

Language:

English

Length:

6h 6m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:08


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:08


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:55


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:50


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:41


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:29


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:54


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

08:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:11


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:38


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:02


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:00


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:45


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:27


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

08:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:32


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:33


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:46


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:45


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:47


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:30


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

08:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:27


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:13


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:01


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:32


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:28


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:23


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

00:41