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After Goodbye: A daughter's Story of Grief and Promiseby 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.
Another Kind of Timeby 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."
Apache Mothers and Daughters: Four Generations of a Familyby Ruth McDonald Boyer, Narcissus Duffy Gayton, 1992
Connections and Reflections: Mothers and Daughters in Their Own Light, Their Own Wordsby Catherine Koemptgen, 1997More the coffee table book, photos, mementos, recollections celebrating ordinary and extraordinary mothers and daughters.
Conversations with My Mother: Reflections on the Death of a Parentby Melville Gary Finkelstein, (2000)
Cradled All the While: The unexpected gifts of a mother's deathby Sara Corse, Augsburg Fortress Publisher (2004).
Every Woman I've Ever Loved: Lesbian writers on their MothersEdited by Catherine Reid and Holly Iglesias, (1997).
From Mother and Daughter to Friend: A Memoirby Nancy Aniston, 1999
A Grace Disguisedby Jerry Sittser
Grieving the Death of a Motherby 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.
In My Mother's Kitchen. An Introduction to the Healing Power of Reminiscenceby 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 Motherby 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.
The Last Violet: Mourning My Motherby 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.
Life Lessons My Mother Taught Me: Universal Values from Extraordinary Timesby Andrea Young, 2000
Mother and Two Daughtersby Gail Godwin, 1994
Mother Loss: A Daughter's Search for Truth & Healing (audio book)by Hope Edelman, 1995
Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Lossby Hope Edelman, 1994Research and case studies primarily about daughters who experienced the childhood loss of mother and the impact on adult life.
Motherlossby Lynn Davidman , 2000Loss of a mother at an early age.
A Mother Loss Workbook: Healing Exercises for Daughtersby Diane Hambrook, Gail Eisenberg (Contributor), Herma Rosenthal, 1997Includes varied exercises, open-ended questions, writing topics, room for self-expression.
Motherless Mothersby 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 Mama's Waltz: A Book for Daughters of Alcoholic Mothersby Eleanor Agnew and Sharon Robideaux , 1998
My Mother Dyingby Hillary Johnson , 1999A 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.
The Orphaned Adult: Confronting the Death of a Parentby Marc D. Angel, 1997.In this compassionate work, Rabbi Marc Angel addresses a universal but largely overlooked phenomenon: adult orphanhood. This book presents a thoughtful discussion of the processes of adult orphanhood, including anticipating the death of a parent, mourning the parent, and internalizing the reality of the parent's death.
Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Placeby Terry Tempest Williams, 1994Parallel 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.
Remembering Mother, Finding Myself: A Journey of Love and Self-Acceptanceby Patricia B. Commins , 1999
Remembrance of Mother: Words to Heal the Heartby Jonathon Lazear, (1994)
We are Our Mothers' Daughtersby Cokie Roberts, 1998, paperback--2000Journalist turned memoir writer – commentary on mothers and daughters.
Wildby Cheryl Strayed
Anatomy Errata: Poemsby Judith Hall, 1998
Kiss Me Goodnight: Stories and Poems by Women who were girls when their mothers diedby Ann O'Fallon & Margaret Vaillancourt (2005)
Tangled Vines: A Collection of Mother and Daughter PoemsEdited by Lyn Lifshin (1992)"Poems to celebrate and explore the relationship between mothers and daughters"
Washing the Stones: Selected Poems, 1975-1995by Maude Meehan, 1996A section of the book focuses on mother aging and eventual death.
After Lydiaby Sandra Tyler, 1995Second 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.
Blue Glassby Sandra Tyler, 1992An 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.
Divine Secrets of the YaYa Sisterhoodby Rebecca Wells, 1996Equally a celebration of female friendship as a story about mother-daughter angst, love and forgiveness. Humorous and thought provoking fiction.
One True Thingby Anna Quindlen, 1995Daughter coming home to take care of dying mother illuminates family issues, dad's distant relationship, childhood memories and poignant moments.
Allina Health Grief Resources
Judy Young, M Ed, manager of education and bereavement, Allina Health Home Care Services