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  • File Size: 653 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Simple Abundance Press (October 1, 2008)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2008
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001KYG6IK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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I lost my 35 year old daughter almost 2 years ago after a long fight with Leukemia as a child, periods of normalcy, and then another long fight with the side effects of the chemo and radiation that saved her for so long. I never expected to lose this last battle, but I did. In shock, I began reading books upon books until I realized none of them helped, comforted, or even related to what I was feeling at the time. I wrote a review of one of the books I bought through Amazon, and amazingly was contacted by Mary Jane Brant. Our daughters had passed around the same time. Ms. Brant reached out to me with confort and compassion. Yet I knew she was experiencing the same agony that I was. Her book tells it like it is. The special, undefinable relationship we both had with our daughters; moments when you stand up but don't really know where you are; always confused as life merrily goes on around you while you are on your knees; and the constant effort to be upbeat around your child and family - to reassure and make life as normal as possible. Only a mother who has been there would know of these feelings. Ms. Brant's book, When Every Day Matters, is just what it says. Every day does matter, whether it's a good one or a bad one. She speaks to the good times and the bad, the support and encouragement she gave Katie in all her dreams and aspirations, and her true inner and outer feelings - sometimes jumping from one to the other, as it is - all mixed up. I have never read a book written with such emotion and truthfulness as this one. I HAD read a vast number of books that told of the feelings experienced when you lose a loved one, but in pretty much generic terms. Ms. Brant actually let you into her life and her thoughts.Read more ›
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I started reading this book as soon as I received in my hand. Mrs. Brant's book is a gift of hope and inspiration especially for bereaved parent like me whom had lost an 8 years old son prior reading this book. Each page I could relate to her love and her story of life lost through the tradegy of her daughter, Ms. Katie Brant.

I had learned that living through grief is a lonely journey but this book tells me that I do not have to do it alone. Through Mrs. Brant's words, I felt her comforting words were there to tell me that I am not alone because she's been there. The author not only shared her life's experiences and lost but yet also shared practical reminders as how to take care of ourselves and how to channel the unbearable sadness by going through it.

This book is not only written for bereaved family members. It is a truly remarkable book, if you want to know how to embrace the love of life, grace, compassion, wisdom and when every day matters!!!!

Thank you, Mrs. Brant for your book and for giving me the courage to move on and treasure what I still have in my life.
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For a year following my sons death I was lost in my grief. I spent months reading book after book on losing a child and the grief one experiences trying to find something that would help me through it. While I found some relief nothing touched me like this book. I would be repeating what everyone else who has given this book 5 stars has said so I just say "ditto" to all of them. Everything about this book is good. If you've lost a child I highly recommend you read this book. If you can't afford to buy a book right now I'm sure your local library has a copy.

Mary Jane also has a site [...] where she talks about her life and daughter. On this site she has a link where she posts stories from other parents who have lost a child. Both mothers and fathers. I also found this site to be helpful. If you find Tylers story that is my son.

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This is the story, heartfelt and beautifully told, of a devoted mother and primary caregiver, Mary Jane Hurley Brant, and how she endured her daughter Katie's decade-long battle with brain cancer. Having already experienced a number of significant losses in her family, the author recognizes early on that she has several choices in front of her: to be absent from her present life and the lives of those who love and need her (and whom she also needs and loves), to give up the future and live in her past memories, or to accept the multitude of gifts she has gained from being Katie's mother and trust that she will survive without her.

Following the advice of close friends to "write herself back to sanity, serenity and wholeness," the author carefully chronicles her journey through the first year of grief following her daughter's death. In the process of writing letters to Katie, she constructs an honest, intimate and loving memoir brimming with the unconditional love between mother and child, as she describes her successful efforts to champion her daughter to live her life to the fullest, reach her lofty goals and fulfill her destiny, despite the very short time this remarkable young woman was given on this earth. (While enduring treatments of her own, Katie Brant worked tirelessly to establish Katie's Kids for the Cure, aimed at finding a cure to rid children of brain tumors.)

The author peppers her writing with occasional "Looking Back Reflections" that offer additional insights, wisdom and understanding about life, love and loss, based not only on Hurley Brant's personal experience but on her education and training as a certified group psychotherapist and Human Relations Counselor as well.
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