On Vanishing : : Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear

Title On Vanishing : : Mortality, Dementia, and What It Means to Disappear
Medium Braille
Names Harper, Lynn Casteel
Book Number B1800
Title Status Active
Annotation Weaving together personal stories with theology, history, philosophy, literature, and science, Harper confronts our elemental fears of disappearance and death, drawing on her own experiences with people with dementia both in the American healthcare system and within her own family. In the course of unpacking her own stories and encounters of leading a prayer group on a dementia unit; of meeting individuals dismissed as “already gone” and finding them still possessed of complex, vital inner lives; of witnessing her grandfather’s final years with Alzheimer’s and discovering her own heightened genetic risk of succumbing to the disease Harper engages in an exploration of dementia that is unlike anything written before on the subject. On Vanishing reveals cognitive change as it truly is, an essential aspect of what it means to be mortal.
Audience Notes Weaving together personal stories with theology, history, philosophy, literature, and science, Harper confronts our elemental fears of disappearance and death, drawing on her own experiences with people with dementia both in the American healthcare system and within her own family. In the course of unpacking her own stories and encounters of leading a prayer group on a dementia unit; of meeting individuals dismissed as “already gone” and finding them still possessed of complex, vital inner lives; of witnessing her grandfather’s final years with Alzheimer’s and discovering her own heightened genetic risk of succumbing to the disease Harper engages in an exploration of dementia that is unlike anything written before on the subject. On Vanishing reveals cognitive change as it truly is, an essential aspect of what it means to be mortal.
Local Subject Christian Living
Spiritual Life
Spiritual Life - Contemplation
Language English
Released 2020
Publication Info New York, NY 2020 Catapult
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