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Product Details

  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Blooming Women Press, L.L.C.; 1st edition (May 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934953199
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934953198
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,303,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jamieson and her family have lived the nightmare that keeps the rest of us awake at night--just thinking about the journey ahead. This is a journey that you do not need to take alone. Mom Minus Dad acts as the travel guide for adult children and aging parents to follow as they face the inevitable end-of-life issues. On the road map, Jamieson has posted warning signs based upon personal experience to keep you on the right track, and she offers pothole-free roads to follow with her extensive resource listing. This is a must-have resource book for all families. -- Jeanne K. Smith, estate organization expert and founder of Exit Stage Right® (www.exitstageright.com)

Mom Minus Dad is a good, steady companion for anyone facing the inevitable life transition of the death of a parent and the ensuing grief. Jamieson has written a book filled with practical information and gentle wisdom for coping with the vast and easily overwhelming details and experiences left to the surviving family members when a parent dies. Using skillfully shared personal experience, she implicitly and explicitly illustrates presence, compassion, and self-care as containers for effectively managing the myriad tasks and stages following a parent's death. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone coping with or anticipating the death of a parent. -- Jeffrey Brantley MD, director of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program at Duke Integrative Medicine (www.dukeintegrativemedicine.org/), author of Calming Your Anxious Mind, and coauthor of the Five Good Minutes book series (www.fivegoodminutes.com/)

Mom Minus Dad, provides a real service to anyone facing the death of a loved one. No one in our culture wants to discuss death and its surrounding grief and responsibilities. Jamieson not only provides an encyclopedic guide to resources and information but also shares her own personal struggle with her father's death. By sharing the experiences she, her mother, and sister Ivy endured, she will make the journey for others less difficult. -- --Carolyn Newton Curry, PhD, founder and director of Women Alone Together (www.womenalonetogther.org)

This is the most incredible resource I have ever seen--prepared with such care and concern, as well as always-needed humor and reassurance. Ms. Haverkampf not only shares from her own experience but also has organized exhaustive research, which will make your journey much easier! -- Lulu Orr, executive director, Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support www.goodgriefcenter.com Lulu Orr, Executive Director of the Good Grief Center for Bereavement Support (www.goodgriefcenter.com)

Very readable and informative. The author engages the reader immediately. It's like sitting down over the kitchen table with a good friend who, through the lens of her own personal experience, acts like a mentor, guide, and soft shoulder to lean on. Rich with resources and packed with very practical and "doable" suggestions. A "must-have" for anyone who has suffered the loss of a parent. Our firm will be recommending the book to our own clients. -- Gene L. Osofsky, elder-law attorney www.osofskylaw.com Gene Osofsky, Elder Law Attorney (www.osofskylaw.com)

2008 Winner of the Honorable Mention for Non-Fiction award in the Writer's Digest Magazine's 16th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards --Writer's Digest Magazine

Mom Minus Dad: The Essential Resource Guide for Busy Adults with a Newly Widowed Parent is a Mom's Choice Awards® Silver Recipient --Mom's Choice Awards (2009)

Jamieson Haverkampf's new book is an essential resource for busy adults with a newly widowed parent. Written with care and concern, Mom Minus Dad, offers consolation through the lens of personal experience. Discover how to reduce your newly widowed parent;s and your workloads, manage and organizer paperwork easily, choose the best way to manage family finances and guide your parent's new decisions while maintaining personal boundaries. Packed with resources, sound advice and manageable solutions, the book strives to help adult children caught in the modern-day, hectic life-style get through the loss of a parent, while supporting another parent. -- Toronto Canada's Rehab and Community Care Medicine Toronto Canada's Rehab and Community Care Medicine Magazine

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Mom Minus Dad is a good, steady companion for anyone facing the inevitable life transition of the death of a parent and the ensuing grief. Jamieson has written a book filled with practical information and gentle wisdom for coping with the vast and easily overwhelming details and experiences left to the surviving family members when a parent dies. Using skillfully shared personal experience, she implicitly and explicitly illustrates presence, compassion, and self-care as containers for effectively managing the myriad tasks and stages following a parent's death. I enthusiastically recommend this book to anyone coping with or anticipating the death of a parent.

Jamieson Haverkampf learned to balance her own life with a newly widowed parent when she aided her mother in Virginia while still running her real estate business in California after her father's death. Her new book, Mom Minus Dad: The Essential Resource Guide for Busy Adults with a Newly Widowed Parent, is filled with more than 500 Web sites, companies, government resources, U.S. laws, books and nonprofit organizations to assist adult children with a newly widowed parent. Haverkampf is a certified grief recovery specialist who now resides in Atlanta. Momminusdad.com.

More About the Author

Jamieson Haverkampf is a published author and writer. She is author of the multi-award winning resource guide Mom Minus Dad: The Essential Resource Guide for Busy Adults with a Newly Widowed Parent. Mom Minus Dad has been recognized with four awards from the Mom's Choice Awards, Writer's Digest Magazine, Foreword Magazine's Book of the Year Awards, and The Indie Book Awards. Additionally, Ms. Haverkampf was a nominee for the 2009 Georgia Author of the Year by Georgia Writers Association. More information about her book is available at http://www.momminusdad.com.

As a freelance writer Jamieson has written profiles, trend articles, restuarant and nightclub reviews, and personal travel essays. She is published in Living with Loss, Georgia Romance Writer's The Galley, Nashville Business and Lifestyles Magazine, Computer World International and in online portals such as nitevibe.com and travel-watch.com. Currently Jamieson is working on her first young adult novel and picture books through the UCLA Creative Non Fiction online writing certificate program and just became certified in Dream Group Faciliation through the Haden Institute Dream Group Leader training program based on Jungian psychology. Jamieson is a member of the Atlanta Writer's Club and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and lives and writes in Atlanta, Georgia, with her dog, Fritz, curled up snoring under her desk.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Thomas C. McKinney on November 11, 2008
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If you've suffered the loss of a parent, this book is a resource-rich, treasure-trove of places to go for assistance and guidance through the treacherous journey of grief. Jamieson Haverkampf shares her personal experiences and the lessons she and her sister learned after her Dad died. The transparent stories shared by Haverkampf have the power to encourage, enlighten and inspire readers to move forward at a healthy pace and to put their lives back together after the traumatic loss of a parent. With the tools this book offers, you will also know how to help a surviving parent to heal. I highly recommend this book.
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I found this book to be well organized and thoughtful with some good research put into it. It truly appears that the author and her sister were sincere in their efforts to help their mother (and themselves) recover from the loss of a dearly beloved husband (and father). There is an assumption, however, that runs throughout the book that your (widowed) parent is going to WANT to receive help from you. In some families, perhaps in those where the widow was married longer than the author's mother (say 50 years plus), there may be a tendency to want to receive help only from a particular sibling (a male for instance in traditional families) or from an unrelated neighbor or member of a faith community rather than from a formal resource agency. Assistance from a particular adult child may be rejected altogether as an older adult fiercely struggles to retain independence and avoid dependency. This seems to often occur with members of the World War II or "Greatest Generation" or those who have immigrated to the United States from other countries. I DO like the author's dividing chapters up into sections "Our Story" (relating to her own personal situation), Resources and Options (with cross references to the appendices)and Questions to Ask (oneself). The book is also interspersed with proverbs, quotations, sayings, etc. which can be deeply meaningful to the reader. I especially like Chapters 6 Moving Forward and 9 Changes in Family Dynamics.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Donny B. Seagraves on September 8, 2008
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I wish I'd had this book when my father died almost four years ago. I'm sure it would have made my mother's unexpected transition from wife to widow go a littler smoother. The author has pulled together and organized all the vital information we needed during that sad and frightening time. She offers sound advice on what to do after a parents' death, including building your support team, taking care of yourself, paperwork and finances and technology time-savers. Haverkampf even includes sample obituaries in the helpful appendixes. Also healthcare directives and proxies, the importance of a will and prenuptial agreement for remarriage. There is also an appendix that details payment options for funeral homes and another with eldercare resources. I am definitely recommending this book to everyone I know who is trying to help a parent go through the difficult time after losing a spouse.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Trish R on June 2, 2008
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Having lost my 64 year old mother last year to cancer, I was so grateful to receive a copy of Mom Minus Dad. Ms. Haverkampf provides practical advice and access to countless resources to help navigate your way through the changing emotions, stresses and family dynamics associated with the adult child's grief, and the grief of their newly widowed parent. As time moves on and I'm faced with new emotions and challenges, I have found comfort and useful coping strategies in this book. The author's own personal stories of loss and change give the book a warmth that is lacking in so many books on the topic. If you or someone you love has recently lost a parent, I highly recommend reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pamela D. Blair on July 14, 2008
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Mom Minus Dad would have been so helpful to me when I lost my own dad so many years ago---unfortunately, it hadn't been written yet. I want to applaud the author for doing such in depth research. She also demonstrates an understanding, both personally and professionally, of what the adult child is experiencing and challenged by in caring for a widowed parent. One of the most helpful sections is the one on organizing the finances and paperwork. Another very helpful section is the one that provides practical worksheets to help the child and parent get organized and stay organized. All in all this is a book filled to the brim with helpful resources and advice. It will also prove to be a valuable resource for professionals (clergy, counselors, therapists, etc) and one they will want to keep on their shelves. Pamela D. Blair, Co-Author I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye (Updated Edition): Surviving, Coping and Healing After the Sudden Death of a Loved One, Author The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Mid-Life And Beyond
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on July 7, 2008
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Ms. Haverkampf is a wonderful author! She has taken a heartbreaking personal situation and created a thorough and thoughtful resource for those of us in this situation or soon to be. My mother had two strokes and was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer 4 years ago. At the time, she was given a year or less. Since she was divorced and unable to work, her finances, home upkeep, health care, treatment decisions, and basically all decisions were left up to my brother and myself. While I have not yet lost my parent, I know that day is coming. I read this book in preparation for what was ahead. I was amazed at what all was involved. I cannot imagine making so many critical decisions while grieving! I am thankful that I had this book now so that I can be better prepared when the time comes. The book is so organized and user-friendly. Ms. Haverkampf has thought of everthing! I have recommended this resource to several friends who have recently lost a parent.
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