Synopses & Reviews
Although five percent of the population loses a mother or father...few of us are psychologically prepared for the experience in later life. Death Benefits explores the uncharted territory each of us enters when a parent leaves us, and offers a blueprint for positive change in every aspect of our lives. Death Benefits demonstrates through powerful stories (including the authors own revelatory experience) how parent loss is the most potent catalyst for change in middle age and can actually offer us our last, best chance to become our truest, deepest selves. Safer challenges the conventional wisdom that fundamental change is only for the young; and that loss must simply be endured or overcome. Filled with moving and engaging stories of real men and women re-imagining themselves after a parents death, it is a fresh, impassioned, and sophisticated look at self-transformation in later life.
Breaking the final taboo, psychotherapist Jeanne Safer reveals the previously unexplored opportunities for growth that adults can discover after a parent dies and the grieving stops
About the Author
Jeanne Safer, Ph.D. has been a psychotherapist for thirty-five years and is the author of three previous books on neglected psychological topics. Dr. Safer appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures on insight and transformation in adulthood for general and professional audiences. She has written for O: The Oprah Magazine, More magazine, the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, and other publications. Dr. Safer lives in New York City.