"Grief is an individual process and dependent on situations, personalities, and relationships, but Hartmann offers personal discoveries that feel universal. Many readers will find familiar themes and emotions. SO FAR AWAY is a gift for anyone struggling to come to terms with death or depression."
"This is a powerful book"
"Real and engaging while unique and provocative, So Far Away is an absorbing memoir with touching moments and challenging moral choices to consider."
"So Far Away is a powerful memoir of two very different end-of-life journeys that will speak to everyone who has been parented, and who has considered their personal wishes and hopes for their final years."
"Hartmann demonstrates considerable courage in sharing her story with the world and her book is a gift to families dealing with the daily challenges of caregiving for their elderly loved ones."
--Journal of Women and Aging
"For me, part of the brilliance of So Far Away is that, wrapped up in the exquisitely well-described uniqueness of Hartmann's story about her parents and herself, are substantial insights about anticipatory grief, grief following a parent's death or decline, parent-child relationships at the end of life and after parents die, the links of personal grief to marital relationships, what can be accomplished by writing about parents and parent death, depression, and much more. And although the book is only about one family from one family member's perspective, it offers fascinating insights about families in many areas, including lies and secrets in families, family communication, and what might be called 'relationship traps.' Another part of the brilliance of the book is that the author tunes in so well on her own thoughts and feelings, that it becomes a stimulating book about the psychology of fear, guilt, anger, love, duty, neediness, independence, memory, and obliviousness."
--Paul C. Rosenblatt, University of Minnesota, author of four books on families and grief
"An emotionally powerful memoir that beautifully captures the life-changing journeys of her parents' final years."
--Booth Gardner, former governor, State of Washington, and a leader in the Death with Dignity movement
A tale of two very different end-of-life journeys and the daughter who survived themSee all Editorial Reviews
Very poignant memoir about navigating emotional mine fields filled with family baggage when a parent wants to exit this world on their own terms.Published 5 months ago by Thomas L Gilbert
Well written from a daughter's point of view. This is a revealing story about a mother/ daughter relationship and issues about end of life. Read morePublished on April 26, 2013 by C. D. Strickland
Christine Hartmann's memoir turns an unpleasant topic into a moving memoir. In our society we do not talk much about our parents' passing. Read morePublished on April 18, 2012 by Amazon Customer
One would expect that a memoir focusing on death--the planned, forewarned and eventual suicide of the author's mother and the more conventional but still difficult death of her... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by kawin wilairat
I will not reiterate the subject matter here, as others have done a fine job. I will just say that Dr. Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Jane
From the beginning of this poignant, highly detailed memoir, the reader is told that both the writer's mother and father play a critical role in her life, despite them having... Read morePublished on January 6, 2012 by Amazon Customer
Christine Hartmann has drawn a powerful portrait of a family bound together
by love and by the knowledge of a future act that promises to shatter the family
unit. Read more
Christine Hartmann's mother. Irmgard, tells her that she plans on committing suicide when she turns seventy. Read more