Trading Places

A Bittersweet Season
Caring for Our Aging Parents—and Ourselves
Jane Gross
Alfred A. Knopf, $26.95, 368 pp.

Jane Gross’s book on caring for aging parents is both an invaluable guide and a terrifying read, a book that tells you things that you didn’t even know you didn’t know—and might rather not want to confront. On one level, A Bittersweet Season provides a moving account of the illness and death of Gross’s elderly mother, Estelle. But woven through the narrative is a comprehensive discussion of the daunting obstacles that face all the ill and dying, and their children too.

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About the Author

Sidney Callahan is a psychologist and the author of Created for Joy: A Christian View of Suffering.