Barbara's Death - 1976: Memories and Reflections

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AuthorHouse, Aug 5, 2011 - Family & Relationships - 100 pages
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In the late summer of 1975, Barbara Long highschool teacher, mother of four children, political activist, and the wife of psychologist Lewis Long, showed the first signs of an illness (cancer of the brain) that would lead to her death seven months later in the early spring of 1976. Barbaras Death-1976 is the story of Lewis Longs painful journey through those seven months and the weeks immediately thereafter. The authors descriptions of the events of that journey, and his responses, sometimes irrational, to the many things he faced are etched with a clarity, insight, and awareness born from years of experience as a husband, a father, a teacher, and a psychologist. Clearly Dr. Long was supported greatly by his own convictions and strengths, but he was buttressed even more strongly by the loving support and care he received from relatives, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and members of his church. After the death of Barbara (and after the eerily similar death of his second wife, Alice, also from brain cancer), Dr. Long found himself far more aware of the sufferings of his fellow human beings, and much more willing to respond to and help those in need.

 

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
8
Chapter 3
18
Chapter Four
26
Chapter Five
41
Chapter Six
47
Chapter Seven
56
Chapter Eight
61
Chapter Nine
74
Chapter Ten
77
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About the author (2011)

Lewis Long is a senior psychologist, who, with his wife Barbara and their four children, first came to the Washington, D.C. area in 1963. His rich and varied professional life has included stints at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland and at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, D.C., together with a small, ongoing private practice. Dr. Long also worked for VISTA, Teacher Corps, the Peace Corps, and the D.C. Prison System. In his private life, Dr. Long has had a wide range of interests, including politics, sports, cards (especially poker), jogging (he has run several marathons, and still jogs occasionally and goes to the gym), theology, and ever increasingly, spirituality. The first ten years of his life (he is the fourth of five children born to American parents) were spent in Brazil, and he is a member of what has now become a very large extended family, with relatives living in various parts of the world. He helped to raise four children, and has lost two wives to brain cancer. Dr. Long is currently working on another book, "Bugiganga," which is the story of a magical country on the west coast of Africa.

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