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Letters from Motherless Daughters: Words of Courage, Grief, and Healing

by Hope Edelman

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tough to read all the way through the first time. Will probably use and the companion book (Motherless Daughters) over the years as I continue to grieve, remember and cherish what I miss. ( )
  DuffyMLS | Oct 6, 2009 |
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 such an important person. All one can do is either 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 prepared for.

"Letters from Motherless Daughters" is a book whose value has to be discovered by the person reading it. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385315228, Paperback)

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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