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Book and Media Reviews
June 27, 2007

The Angel Letters: Lessons That Dying Can Teach Us About Living

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Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Fishbein Fellow.

JAMA. 2007;297(24):2767-2772. doi:10.1001/jama.297.24.2770

Written by a clinical psychologist and drawing from his experiences caring for terminally ill children, this book is a collection of letters written, following their deaths, to the children that the author knew and cared for during the final stages of their illness. It is a collection of poignant essays in which Dr Fried simultaneously pays tribute to the children while describing the lessons they taught him and their surviving loved ones about life and the dying process. Each chapter is named for a particular lesson learned while depicting the journey of an individual child and family.

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