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Beginning With the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss and Healing Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vantage Point; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936467399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936467396
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,025,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A brave, candid, moving and very well-written memoir of Mary Rockefeller Morgan's life struggle with "twin loss" after the tragic disappearance fifty years ago off the New Guinea coast of her twin brother Michael." --Peter Mathiessen, two-time winner of the National Book Award

About the Author

MARY R MORGAN, L.M.S.W. is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in working with twinless twins. She lectures on the subject of twin loss and has led a bereavement group for twins whose twin died in the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster.   She is presently on sabbatical writing a new book for grief counselors, which explores the unique treatment issues facing grieving twins.. Morgan is also the Executive producer of two forthcoming documentaries on the myth of the gene and the risks of genetic engineering. She is married and lives in New York State. She has three children and seven grandchildren.

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Mary R. Morgan [L.M.S.W.] is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in working with twinless twins. She lectures on the subject of twin loss and has led a bereavement group for twins whose twin died in the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster. She is presently on sabbatical writing a new book for grief counselors, which explores the unique treatment issues facing grieving twins. Ms. Morgan is a licensed imagery guide and trainer. She is also the Executive producer of two forthcoming documentaries on the myth of the gene and the risks of genetic engineering. She is married and has three children and seven grandchildren.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Judith S. Goldstein on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Beginning with the End: A memoir of Twin Loss and Healing by Mary R. Morgan is the work of a daring writer. It is a narrative driven by introspection, self-discovery and the compulsion to probe and understand the depths of attachment, loss, pain, reconciliation and recovery. In part, the story is told with admirable discretion and truthfulness about members of one of America's great families. In other parts, Mary Morgan holds little back in her descriptions of her emotional encounters within herself and with her family, friends, doctors and others who are part of her deeply complex personal history.

This is not a confessional book. It is much too good for that ever-popular genre. It is instead a carefully constructed complete effort to understand identity, made ever more difficult by the biological connections of being a twin--a twin to a brother who died tragically young. The writing is compelling, clear and rich. While she is now a therapist who is often focused on the challenges of being a twin, she is, in her first book, clearly a writer with self-revelatory courage and a deep desire to provide others with the means of absorbing grief, isolation and finding ways to renew and evolve.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Davis on June 1, 2012
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Morgan writes eloquently about the soul-wrenching loss of her twin in a book that touches and inspires those who may wish to explore the loss of a loved one through natural imagery. A licensed psychotherapist who specializes in twin-less twins and especially those who lost siblings on September 11th, Morgan is a gifted writer with a trenchant sense of humor. Imagery plays a central role in the author's struggle and triumphant journey, and in these passages Morgan shines.

One wishes at times that the memoir portion of the book might have been longer, even while admiring Morgan's ability to build the narrative of her life, with and without her twin, as a compelling crescendo to the introspective and detailed passages dedicated to therapeutic healing. Perhaps she will consider expanding further in another volume upon being raised as a twin--specifically as a female twin with a brother--in a milieu that remains fascinating and on the cusp of a new era for women.

Beginning with the End is a moving, insightful memoir that walks bravely through the valley of the shadow of death to a world where the author rediscovers herself and her twin's memory amidst beauty, peace, and joy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sam adams on May 7, 2012
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Mary Morgan's Beginning With The End is, first and foremost a very good story narrated by a woman who has had an exceptional life which would have seemed, at the outset,to be cushioned and protected. But it wasn't--not from a range of tragedies,betrayals,and hazards.Mary Morgan eventually had to look what had become of her.This she does with extraordinary candor,clarity,and humility.The journey she undertook was an adventure for its author,but it becomes one for the reader as well.We learn a lot,but,so gripping is the tale of discovery there is not a didactic moment.The honesty and modesty of the author combine to make her an unintended heroine whose company through the course of her book leave the reader wishing the connection will not end.BJT
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Victoria Menzies, PhD, RN on June 7, 2012
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Mary Morgan's "Beginning with the End" is a graceful memoir of healing from the loss of a beloved twin through truthful, reflective work that incorporated an active and graceful use of deep imagery. Once I opened this book, it was impossible to put it down. I was riveted by the way in which Morgan integrated the wounding related to the loss of her beloved twin, the healing journey itself and the way in which it occurred. She elegantly portrays for the reader the potential for deep imagery to expand the boundaries of insights gained through traditional therapies and in that, offers another way to approach "grief work". When I reached the end of the book, the truest thought that came to mind was, "So many are going to have seeds planted for their healing, are going to be healed of things they didn't even know they needed healing from, and not only now but far into the forever future." It is a book that belongs on every therapist's, counselor's or educator's shelf.
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There is nothing like losing someone that you love. It is almost expected that thta loss would leave behind a hole in your life that would be difficult to fill, let alone heal from. Imagine the depth of that loss when it is a twin that is no longer with you.

In Mary R. Morgan's book BEGINNING WIT THE END, she takes us into the journey of being alive but not really living after the death of her twin brother Michael---and the events that allowed her to find a reason to live again.

I believe that unless you have suffered a loss like this you can't say you truly understand what happens at that point, but you can definitely tell from Mary's account that she almost felt dead herself. Her sense of completeness was gone and even her motivation for being truly alive was missing. She shares with readers exactly what having Michael in her life meant, and when he was no longer there we are able to see how empty it left her.

What helped her to reevaluate her situation and realize that life didn't have to be over for her? It was finding others who understood her situation and could allow her to grieve in the way she needed to and then appreciate what Michael would want for her moving forward. It was a physical walk and a spiritual one as well that reaffirmed Mary's understand of what life was about, and she was then able to make the decision that she could use her experience to help others know they were not alone.

Powerfully written, Mary R. Morgan's BEGINNING WITH THE END reminds us of the life we still have to live in spite of the situations that might come our way.
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