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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; Revised & enlarged edition (March 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312545193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312545192
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Customer Reviews

It really isn't for the newly bereaved but rather someone who has maybe gotten past the initial shock.
C. Ralston
I would recommend this book to anyone who has lost a child or someone who wants to understand how a parent feels after such a loss.
visionary
Unfortunately, I have had more than one opportunity to send this book to friends who have lost children.
Jona

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joy Costa on June 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
It's a read to help you find a roadmap of your own. I found that taking 9 different viewpoints was extremely validating. I lost my oldest son, Seth, a little over a year ago, and I've began and never finished numerous books. This one finally came through with insight that only those who have walked in our shoes can. It's not a fast read, but it's a great one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CAROL BEUSCHLEIN on April 14, 2009
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This book has been very helpful in coping with the loss of my 21-year-old son in February 2009. It pinpoints the emotions that are so hard to describe to the outside world and acknowledges the normalcy of the sometimes bizarre thoughts that run through your mind. I commend these mothers for their strength and openness in contributing to this book, and for their compassion for those who unexpectedly find themselves enduring the same painful process. Well done!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mrice on November 10, 2012
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This book made me see I was not crazy. The things I am thinking and feeling are common. I was searching for that feeling of connection and found it here. Even if I did not agree with everything it felt somehow comforting to listen to how others grieve. We just lost our 23 year old son so I have been reading and searching. I would highly recommend this book.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By DMR on July 7, 2010
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I have read several books since I just lost my son a few months ago, I was very disappointed in this book, for several reasons, it gives no hope or inspiration, it is very depressing, parents that lose a child, especially their only child, do not believe "misery loves company", if you are searching for any kind of peace, hope and inspiration, this book is not the one to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 26, 2013
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I lost my son on New Year's Eve and was sort of lost. I did not want to go to any sort of therapy or group meetings; I have always been a shy person. My husband suggested finding a book and I found this one. As I read it, I discovered that many of the little things that I could not do were written in these pages.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie S. Perry on February 16, 2011
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This book has been a tremendous affirmation of my sanity in grief when friends are expecting a grieving parent to "get over it." There is no "getting over it."
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By cak on December 17, 2010
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The terrible tragedies described in beyond tears are powerful guides on a journey through the torment and rebuilding that is borne from the death of a child. For some who read this book, it is an epiphany. for others it is merely another stop along the way. for those who find solace, my heart goes out to you for some peace. for those who are still looking. i wish the same. Whatever your journey. do indeed read beyond tears.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald Watson on September 10, 2011
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Wonderful, revealing stories everyone should read who knows someone who has had a child, or spouse die. I enjoyed it so much, I ordered more to give to friends.
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