- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Delta; Ex-library edition (May 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385315228
- ISBN-13: 978-0385315227
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing Paperback – May 1996
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Not long ago, I was speaking to an audience of about eighty motherless daughters when a woman in the back of the room (we'll call her Allison) raised her hand. Read the first page
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I love you, Mom. Kathy Louise Laird O'Brien November 19, 1952 - March 27, 1997
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.
in shock. I spent days staring out a window
thinking about all of the "what if's", and
playing the whole scene over and over in my
head torturing myself. I had a family to take
care of, but when my mom died, I could not
think of anything but my best friend, my mom.
I knew my family needed me, so I tried to get
some information on people who are grieving
after losing a parent. I went to a six week
grief program/ support group for help and, I read many books. But the one that helped me the
most was "Motherless Daughters".
It comforted me to read about others who have
gone through a simalar loss.
It has been 10 months since my mom has died. I
still miss and think about her every single
day, but I am able to take care of my family
and slowly enjoy life again. It will take a
long time to heal I am sure, but when I am
feeling blue, I take out my book and start
I love you Mom, Love Diana