A Professor's Own Grief Informs a Course on Mourning in Literature

"Love and Loss in Literature and Life", State University of New York at Albany

All their lives, Jeffrey Berman says, he and his wife were worriers. They worried about their kids, they worried about their jobs, they worried about the dangers of the world.

"Nothing that my wife or I ever worried about came true," says Mr. Berman, a professor of English. "In Barbara's case, it's what we did not worry about — namely, pancreatic