A Matter of Death and Life

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A year-long journey by the renowned psychiatrist and his writer wife after her terminal diagnosis, as they reflect on how to love and live without regret.

Internationally acclaimed psychiatrist and author Irvin Yalom devoted his career to counseling those suffering from anxiety and grief. But never had he faced the need to counsel himself until his wife, esteemed feminist author Marilyn Yalom, was diagnosed with cancer. In A Matter of Death and Life, Marilyn and Irv share how they took on profound new struggles: Marilyn to die a good death, Irv to live on without her.

In alternating accounts of their last months together and Irv's first months alone, they offer us a rare window into facing mortality and coping with the loss of one's beloved. The Yaloms had numerous blessings-a loving family, a Palo Alto home under a magnificent valley oak, a large circle of friends, avid readers around the world, and a long, fulfilling marriage-but they faced death as we all do. With the wisdom of those who have thought deeply, and the familiar warmth of teenage sweethearts who've grown up together, they investigate universal questions of intimacy, love, and grief.

Informed by two lifetimes of experience, A Matter of Death and Life is an openhearted offering to anyone seeking support, solace, and a meaningful life.

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  • Scribe Publications

    This beautiful, poignant, and uplifting memoir is a love story, a tale of two incredibly accomplished lives that were lived almost as one, the sum turning out to be so much greater than its parts. It ...

  • Luka Rukli?

    This book is not an easy read.I'm not referring to the language or the style or the vocabulary. This book is hard to digest because of the sheer amount of emotion contained inside. It deals with death...

  • Liv Cunningham

    A Matter of Death and Life His latest memoir ‘A Matter of Death and Life – Love Loss and What Matters in the End’ co-written with his wife of 65 years Marilyn has been much anticipated by me. It...

  • Enchanted Prose

    Life-affirming, love at first sight (Palo Alto, California; April 2019 – March 2020): Do you believe in love at first sight? Enduring love until death do us part? “Few regrets” in life? If you d...

  • Ashley

    This is a book that absolutely deserves five stars, and yet I can't grant them because five stars, for me, typically indicates a gripping/delightful reading experience and an intent to re-read. Still,...

  • Sorina Negril?

    Since I finished the book I thought about the impression it left on me and why that might be - mostly because I've been obsessed with end-of-life issues throughout my 20s and I have to say it's been a...

  • Caren

    It is difficult to label my response to reading this text as having "really like[d] it". To be allowed into this intimate portrait of the life-time relationship and 63 years of marriage of Irvin and M...

  • Julie

    I continue to read Irvin Yalom's books, though I feel unsettled by his mix of wisdom and entitlement. It's a beautiful concept for a couple to write together about this journey, but this is not a typi...

  • Andra Nicula

    I received a book written by Marilyn Yalom two or three years ago. No, it could be not just a coincidence of names. So I did some research on her at the time. Yes, she was the wife of Irvin D.Yalom, o...

  • Mihaela

    When I heard about this book being written and the very difficult topics it covers(assisted suicide of the terminally ill, the end of a more than 70 years relationship and the grief afterwards) I thou...