Kent L. Koppelman's Wrestling with the angel : literary writings and reflections PDF

By Kent L. Koppelman

ISBN-10: 0895037483

ISBN-13: 9780895037480

Wrestling with the Angel addresses the human fight to deal with loss of life, death, grief, and bereavement. The publication contains essays, a one-act play, a quick tale, and poetry, together with form poems, rhyming, based verse, and unfastened verse. within the one-act play, an angel of loss of life comes for a guy who has lived an unexamined lifestyles and needs to provide an explanation for why he isn't ready to depart. the quick tale deals a funny examine a guy who resists getting older through carrying on with to view himself because the younger guy he as soon as used to be. the various genres enable for various methods of exploring those matters, yet all are meant to interact the reader's feelings in addition to mind. The writings include reflections and quotations addressing universal human concerns concerning our mortality and discover reactions to the lack of a enjoyed one--whether anticipated, similar to the demise of an getting older dad or mum or somebody with a terminal disease, or unforeseen, equivalent to unintended demise. the ultimate chapters study how getting older explanations us to evaluate our lives and why getting ready ourselves for demise can increase the standard of our existence. it is a e-book with many extra questions than solutions, however the reader is invited to percentage within the strategy of discovering solutions. it's a ebook that calls for the reader to be ok with ambiguity, as the truth it describes is usually ambiguous--a truth that offers us with many selections yet few certainties. meant viewers: students, hospice employees, funeral domestic administrators, health facility chaplains, ministers, and others who paintings with bereavement matters; sessions in demise schooling and sessions for psychological health and wellbeing pros in loss of life and grief; common readers who've suffered the lack of a friend.

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I’m not sure where the next phase of my grief journey will take me, but healing takes a long time, perhaps a lifetime, and I will have to attend to it. Many things have helped, especially Garrison Keillor’s benefit for Jason’s scholarship fund. This benefit was such a significant event for my family, Jason’s friends, and everyone who attended because it represented an affirmation of life and love and family. It affirmed Jason’s place in my heart. It reminded us not to let our pain overwhelm our sense of joy.

Sparks, sure, but not, you know, Kaboom! DEATH After a thousand times? ADAM Give or take. DEATH So, let’s see if I understand what you’re saying. You’re ready to leave because your sex life doesn’t kaboom? ADAM No, no, no! C’mon, I’m trying to explain here. I’m just saying I might be persuaded to, you know, go . . with you, but I need to know what’s going to happen after I die. This long journey—what’s that about? DEATH I am not permitted to talk about that. ADAM Who says? Who won’t let you talk?

Secular. Sacred. Potato. Potahto. ADAM So what are you saying, that nothing is sacred? DEATH That is so typical, so American. Is nothing sacred? Please. Everything is sacred. You might have understood that if Americans had paid attention to Indians instead of trying to annihilate them, in the name of God, of course. ADAM I think we’re getting off track here. We were talking about free will. Can we get back to that? DEATH If that’s your choice. A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH / 33 ADAM Maybe it’s not my choice.

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