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Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child, Revised Edition Paperback – March 3, 2009
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“[An] eloquent volume… Bereaved parents will find comfort, sympathy and support in this powerful, honest sharing of one of life's most painful experiences.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The thoughts and feelings related here are incredibly honest and courageous and would greatly assist any parent who has lost a child and feels alone. Highly recommended.” ―Library Journal (starred review)
“[Beyond Tears] lets readers know that there are folks out there who have been in their shoes, felt their feelings and learned to live life again.” ―The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)
About the Author
The book was written by Ellen Mitchell, who has a regular weekend column in Newsday, together with a group of nine mothers who each have lost a child: Carol Barkin, Audrey Cohen, Lorenza Colletti, Barbara Eisenberg, Barbara Goldstein, Madelaine Perri Kasden, Phyllis Levine, Ariella Long, and Rita Volpe.
Top Customer Reviews
It helps to know that my continued sadness in response to losing my daughter is not abnormal, but rather a natural grieving process. The reality is that grief is not a choice, that life will never be the same, that there will always be reminders of the life that could have been. The challenge for parents who have lost a child is to continue to live with tears that are never far from the surface.
This book allowed me to know that the way I was feeling was ok and that there is no timetable for grief. I kept thinking that after 6 months I should feel better, but the women in this book made me realize that the grief does not go away; you just learn to manage it in whatever way you can.
Anyone who has lost a child should read this book; no matter how you are grieving, you will find that one of these nine women have probably felt the same things and it really is comforting to know that you are not the only one and that you are not going just a little crazy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I lost my 12 year old nephew the day before Thanksgiving. I am mourning, but I feel that my goal is to help my sister, because she lost her son. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Ivy N. Payne
The book gave me new insight into being supportive to a friend who has lost an adult daughter. I now know I should never expect my friend to be "normal" again, but there are many... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grammie
Words to help heal... this is a book I have. I have given it to several mom's that have also been in need of words to help make sense of the terrible loss of a child.Published 3 months ago by v stockert
I ordered this for my Grandma after my mom passed away- she had been sick for quite a while and passed away in her home. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alyssa. M
I donated it to our library after reading. People have no idea what to say when this happens.Published 6 months ago by MorticiaG