Item description for Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing by Hope Edelman...
Overview The editor adds her own words to letters from women of all ages whose mothers have died, writing about her experiences starting support groups for women
Publishers Description Revisiting the profoundly important subject of mother loss, "Letters From Motherless Daughters" is a compilation of real letters written by women in response to the ground-breaking "New York Times" bestseller Motherless Daughters.When "Motherless Daughters" was first published in 1994, author Hope Edelman--through research, interviews, and personal experience--helped women across the country deal with the pain of losing a mother. Finally they felt free to discuss and try to understand their unique form of grief, and perhaps most importantly, they felt that they were not alone in their loss.The overwhelming number of letters she received in response to "Motherless Daughters" prompted Hope Edelman to publish "Letters From Motherless Daughters." Reaffirming her precious link with motherless women across the country, Hope presents these moving, honest, and often hopeful letters, along with her own insight, and offers readers a chance to further learn from this loss. Chapters are divided by the number of years since mother loss, and each addresses the significant issues of that stage. Hope also includes information on starting or joining a support group, and offers suggested reading for motherless women. The words of these brave women illustrate the profound pain, the astounding strength, and the undying perseverance to live on, but never outlive the need for one's mother.of police barricades, the razor-sharp line between life and death, the unforgiving chasm
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.48" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.57" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1996
ISBN 0385315228 ISBN13 9780385315227
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More About Hope Edelman
Hope Edelman is the author of six nonfiction books, including the bestsellers Motherless Daughters and The Possibility of Everything. Her articles and essays have been published in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Glamour, Self, Parade, and the Huffington Post, as well as in numerous anthologies. As a public speaker, she has traveled all over the world to talk about the long-lasting effects of early mother loss. In 2012, she was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University, her undergraduate alma mater. She holds a master's degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa. Currently an affiliate faculty member in the MFA program at Antioch University-LA, she lives with her husband and their two daughters in Topanga Canyon, California. hopeedelman.com
Hope Edelman currently resides in Topanga, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing?
Special audience book Jul 23, 2007
This is a well-written book that is written for women who lost their mothers when they were young. It should be very helpful.
Letters from Motherless Daughters Jul 3, 2006
Wonderful help and encouragement to an empty broken heart. Just knowing others feel the same who have experienced such loss.
You are not alone May 27, 2005
You will find, as I did, while reading this book, that daughters of women who have died are not alone. What a relief to me to know, at the age of 30+, that I wasn't crazy because I still want my mother when I'm sick, down, or just want to talk. I was eight when my mother succumbed to cancer within ten days of diagnosis--needless to say, we were shocked--I'm still shocked.
If you have been grieving for your mother for a few weeks, or for many years, this is the book for you. It's not really a self-help type book, but you will find relief within the pages.
Good book. Jan 25, 2004
Several years ago, Hope Edelman wrote a book that was supposed to help women deal with the loss of a mother. She did this so that other women would not have to go through the ordeal she did. Specifically, the ordeal of not having an adequate reference for dealing with such a tragedy.
Her efforts resulted in the widely popular Motherless Daughters.
With the publication of the book came a flood of letters from women who wanted to share their own experiences with Edelman.
In response, Edelman has compiled many of these letters into the compact Letters from Motherless Daughters. The purpose of this book is to show the many ways in which women have come to deal with their tragic losses.
After reading letter upon letter, I too realized something that she claimed she was at first unaware of: one never gets over the loss of an important person. All one can do is either choose to mourn and dwell on the past, or choose to grow from the loss and continue on with life.
Many of the letters are poignant, while others are heart-wrenching. Yet others display a true sense of courage, while some reflect the confusion and agony that has invaded the daughter's life.
Reading such letters is beneficial to a certain degree--they open one's eyes to the bitter reality of dealing with death, and they allow one to see that others have also experiences similar feelings.
Although these letters do serve a crucial purpose, they are only letters. Nothing can truly dissipate the trauma of enduring the loss of a mother--it is something that no one can ever be fully prepaired for.
Letters from Motherless Daughters is a book whose value has to be discovered by the person reading it.
Self-help Jan 12, 2004
I think that the book offered many perspectives on what motherless daughters are going through, and a lot of these I could relate to in some way. Some of the letters just hit too close to home so to speak and made me really sad. I missed my mom more while reading the book, but after I felt relieved. It's a must read for motherless girls/women; very therapeutic.