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Author Butler, Alexandra, author.

Title Walking the night road : coming of age in grief / Alexandra Butler
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (180 pages)
Series EBL-Schweitzer
Contents Frontmatter -- Acknowledgments -- I -- II -- III -- IV
Summary "Alexandra Butler--daughter of the Pulitzer-Price winning gerontologist Robert Butler and noted social worker and psychotherapist Myrna Lewis--writes of how she cared for her mother during her mother's sudden, brief, and terminal struggle with brain cancer. This memoir examines the strains of caregiving on both the caregiver and the one cared for. Alexandra was 24 when her mother was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, and spent the following months as her mother's primary caregiver, putting her own life on hold during that time. In addition to tracing the course of her mother's tragic illness, Alexandra also examines how the illness affected herself and everyone in her family. Ironically, both Myrna Lewis and Robert Butler were noted gerontologists who championed the concepts of healthy aging--they co-authored the classic work Love and Sex After 60, for example--yet both found their life's themes sorely tested by Lewis's condition. Butler in particular could not handle the illness and left much of the care to Alexandra. Thus the work also examines what happens when a social worker such as Lewis tragically transitions from professional to client"-- Provided by publisher
Notes In English
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Subject Butler, Alexandra -- Family
Butler, Robert N., 1927-2010.
Lewis, Myrna I. -- Health
Butler, Alexandra.
Butler, Robert N., 1927-2010.
Lewis, Myrna I.
Caregivers -- Psychology -- Case studies
Glioblastoma multiforme -- Patients -- Family relationships
Grief -- Case studies
Glioblastoma multiforme -- Patients -- United States -- Biography
Mothers and daughters -- United States.
Terminal care -- Psychological aspects -- Case studies
Women caregivers -- United States -- Biography
Brain Neoplasms.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY -- Social Scientists & Psychologists.
Caregivers -- Psychology.
Mothers and daughters.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Security.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Social Services & Welfare.
Terminal care -- Psychological aspects.
Women caregivers.
United States.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231167520