January 25, 2017
Dear Dr. Peterson,
I am delighted to have your new book, “Your Life, Your Death, Your Choice.” There is growing acceptance in our culture that we are going to die and that we can choose to make some choices about the circumstances of our deaths. Your book is a wonderful tool for that endeavor.
The first thing that struck me about the book is that it provides a great number of excellent resources, literally at the click of a key. The links to articles, videos, and documents give instant access to the information your text has just shown is needed. It is such an amazing and easy-to-use resource!
Second, the tone and tenor of your text is marvelous. It is warm and at the same time information-packed. I found myself feeling completely comfortable as I read, and I am sure other readers will experience that too. That’s important: other materials I have read have seemed threatening or condescending or superficial and too wordy.
If I were still teaching, I would use your book as a text in clinical and well as developmental psychology classes. And if I were still in private practice, I would recommend it strongly to many clients. Being retired from both, I am still active in community affairs, and I have already recommended it to several friends, colleagues, and groups. You may be sure that that will continue. I also plan to invite you to speak at my Unitarian Universalist church. I believe that every health care worker and professional, and every individual who wants to manage her or his departure as well as possible, should have your book as a resource.
Thank you for providing a desperately-needed resource for all of us, professionals and lay people alike. And congratulations!
Judith G. Dederick, Ph.D.
Psychologist in New York and New Jersey (retired)
Professor Emerita, Hunter College of the City University of New York