A Bittersweet Season by Jane Gross

Jane Gross' A Bittersweet Season

One thing is certain about the job of caregiving: one day you will be out of work. A job you never applied for, but became expert at nonetheless, ends.

In telling the intimate story of caring for her aged and ailing mother, journalist Jane Gross offers indispensable advice and insight for caregivers. A Bittersweet Season--Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves, Gross shares all the information gathered and lessons learned along the journey of caring for one's parents.

Calling upon firsthand experience and extensive reporting, Gross recounts a story of grace and compassion in the midst of a crisis that shows us how the end of one life presents a bittersweet opportunity to heal old wounds and find out what we are made of.

Wise, unflinching, and ever helpful, A Bittersweet Season is an essential guide for anyone navigating this unfamiliar, psychologically demanding, powerfully emotional, and often redemptive territory. Here is an excerpt about the last leg of that journey: the end of life.

A Bittersweet Season

Jane Gross

Jane Gross was a reporter for Sports Illustrated and Newsday before joining The New York Times in 1978. Her twenty-nine-year tenure there included national assignments as well as coverage of aging. In 2008, she launched a blog for the Times called The New Old Age, to which she still contributes. She has taught journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Columbia University, and was the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

Excerpt from "A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents and Ourselves" by Jane Gross, copyright © 2010. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Random House, Inc.

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