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Suggested books: Motherloss


Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss
Hope Edelman, 1994
Research and case studies primarily about daughters who experienced the childhood loss of mother and the impact on adult life.

Lynn Davidman , 2000
Loss of a mother at an early age.

Motherloss: A Daughter's Search for Truth & Healing (audio cassette)
Hope Edelman, 1995

A Mother Loss Workbook: Healing Exercises for Daughters
Diane Hambrook, Gail Eisenberg (Contributor), Herma Rosenthal, 1997
Includes varied exercises, open-ended questions, writing topics, room for self-expression.

Motherless Mothers
Hope Edelman, 2007
"Edelman's voice, infused with fierce maternal love, joins the candid recollections from motherless mothers of all ages and backgrounds. She presents emotionally charged concepts in clear, memorable terms…to encourage frank, cathartic discussion." - Publisher's Weekly

My Mother Dying
Hillary Johnson , 1999
A beautifully written and emotionally compelling account of how two women look beyond the role of mother and daughter and see two complex individuals who are given a final chance to truly know each other under the pressure of impending death.

Remembering Mother, Finding Myself: A Journey of Love and Self-Acceptance
Patricia B. Commins , 1999

Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me: Universal Values from Extraordinary Times
Andrea Young, 2000

From Mother and Daughter to Friends—A Memoir
Nancy Aniston, 1999

My Mama's Waltz: A Book for Daughters of Alcoholic Mothers
Eleanor Agnew and Sharon Robideaux , 1998

Connections and Reflections: Mothers and Daughters in Their Own Light, Their Own Words
Catherine Koemptgen, 1997
More the coffee table book, photos, mementos, recollections celebrating ordinary and extraordinary mothers and daughters.

We are Our Mothers' Daughters
Cokie Roberts, 1998, paperback--2000
Journalist turned memoir writer – commentary on mothers and daughters.

Apache Mothers and Daughters: Four Generations of a Family
Ruth McDonald Boyer, Narcissus Duffy Gayton, 1992

A Mother and Two Daughters
Gail Godwin, 1994

Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place
Terry Tempest Williams, 1994
Parallel stories of Terry's mother and the Great Salt Lake. Both are true accounts of the author's devotion to the changing environment, endangered bird species and her mother, all of whom were dying. Very rich descriptions.

Conversations with My Mother: Reflections on the Death of a Parent
Melville Gary Finkelstein, (2000)

Another Kind of Time
Joan B. Brady, (1999)
Brody, an acclaimed artist, writes of her journey toward healing while sharing her mother's last days together. "It's about the spiritual connections that grow stronger toward life's end."

Remembrance of Mother: Words to Heal the Heart
Jonathon Lazear, (1994)

Cradled All the While: The unexpected gifts of a mother's death.
Corse, S. Augsburg Fortress Publisher (2004).

Every Woman I've Ever Loved: Lesbian writers on their Mothers
Edited by Catherine Reid and Holly Iglesias, (1997).

The Last Violet: Mourning My Mother.
Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad, 2002.
A sensitive and moving story, "The Last Violet: Mourning My Mother" explores on many levels one woman's journey from regret to inner peace, but it also helps others begin their own reflection and journey. The book offers heartwarming insight while bringing comfort to adult children and parents of any age.

Grieving the Death of a Mother
Harold Ivan Smith, 2003.
A mother's death can make a shambles of schedules, priorities, agendas, commitments, and, sometimes, even our most important relationships. A mother's last breath inevitably changes us. Drawing on his own experience of loss, as well as those of others, Harold Ivan Smith guides readers through their grief, from the process of dying through the acts of remembering and honoring a mother after her death.

After Goodbye: A daughter's Story of Grief and Promise
By Lynette Friesen, 2005.
Lynette Friesen shares her spiritual journey, with it's struggles and life-shaking challenges, through the last years of her mother's life.

In My Mother's Kitchen. An Introduction to the Healing Power of Reminiscence
By Robin A. Edgar; June, 2003.
An introduction to the healing power of reminiscence, In My Mother's Kitchen focuses on the steps to recalling; recording and celebrating the significant memories that help the participant recognize and value the individuals and incidents that shaped their lives.

In the Letting Go: Words to Heal the Heart on the Death of a Mother.
By Jonathon Lazear; March, 2006.
When a mother dies, often the center of the family is gone. The holiday rituals, the special birthday celebrations for children and grandchildren—the memories are often held by the mother. A mother is a caretaker, a best friend, a source of sage-like wisdom. Losing her can be a traumatic experience. It is a space where you are invited to discover solace through the experiences and feelings of others—simple or profound.


Tangled Vines: A Collection of Mother and Daughter Poems
Edited by Lyn Lifshin (1992)
"Poems to celebrate and explore the relationship between mothers and daughters"

Anatomy, Errata: Poems
Judith Hall, 1998

Kiss Me Goodnight: Stories and Poems by Women who were girls when their mothers died
Ann O'Fallon & Margaret Vaillancourt (2005)

Washing the Stones: Selected Poems, 1975-1995
Maude Meehan, 1996
A section of the book focuses on mother aging and eventual death.


Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhood
Rebecca Wells, 1996
Equally a celebration of female friendship as a story about mother-daughter angst, love and forgiveness. Humorous and thought provoking fiction.

Blue Glass
Sandra Tyler, 1992
An only child and mom journey through magical suburban childhood into adolescence, divorce, mother's dependence, daughter's need for independence, and major redefining of roles.

After Lydia
Sandra Tyler, 1995
Second of author's explorations of mother-daughter relationships. This one takes place a year after mom's death at the occasion of grandmother's 80th birthday. A bit of a soap opera in plot, whether the death was suicide is a compelling question for the surviving daughter.

One True Thing
Anna Quindlen, 1995
Daughter coming home to take care of dying mother illuminates family issues, dad's distant relationship, childhood memories and poignant moments.



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