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Always Too Soon: Voices of Support for Those Who Have Lost Both Parents Paperback – November 22, 2006
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For this compilation, Gilbert, a producer of CNN's American Morning, interviewed 20 men and women—from the ordinary to celebrities like Ice-T and Yogi Berra—who have lost both parents. The collected short memoirs are all quite moving, though the interview style leads to some pedestrian prose. The contributors' experiences vary widely. Barbara Ehrenreich's father died of Alzheimer's; her mother's premature death may have been a suicide, and she discusses the sadness that overwhelmed her in contemplating her mother's unfulfilled life. In a tragic story, journalist Jeff Gelman tells how, when he was 14, his parents were killed by a drunk driver. Singer Shelby Lynne's father shot her mother and then turned the gun on himself when Lynne was a teenager. Catheryne Ilkovic Morgan's peaceful childhood in Czechoslovakia ended when the Nazis invaded and she subsequently lost both her parents at Auschwitz. Now 76, Morgan comments that time does not heal, but that her greatest joy is to see the future generation. These stories of bereavement and consolation will strike a chord with those who have lived through the deaths of one or both parents. (Dec.)
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1. Feeling much more mature
2. Feeling 100% responsible for one's life
3. Feeling very alone and unloved
4. Feeling like a child
5. The loss of unconditional love
6. Feeling like you've lost home
7. Feeling very alone in the world and unattached
8. Feeling lost
9. Feeling so different than those who have both parents
10. Feeling a void that is never feeling
11. Feeling less protected in the world
12. Feeling a profound sense of loss, sadness, grief, abandonment
I heard about your book on a news show here in the Chicago area. I bought it and am very grateful for your idea, thoughts and dedication in publishing this book. My Dad passed on February 4, 2005 and my Mom on September 21, 2006. They were immigrants from Ireland and far away from their families when their parents passed. I knew it was hard for them...but had no idea how hard until now. I live 700 miles from my brothers (who all lived with in 15 minutes of my parents). I felt so bad about not being close that I made sure to talk with my Mom every day and we vacationed and were together for 3 weeks a year (my time off).
My heart is broken to lose my best buddy in my Mom...and not even have my Dad anymore. Your book is helping me heal.
Kind regards and living so many fond memories of two very special people,
One week to the day of buying your book, I have finished. I began to slow down 3/4's of the way through because I think I was afraid it would end too soon. Here in this book, I found words and thoughts behind my personal feelings and then encouragement to what can come from these same feelings. It is helping take away the fear. I learned that along with the sadness, I was feeling afraid.
Thinking, after the first read, I can not pick certain chapters because even in those chapters that are so different from my own experience, I found a thought, feeling or a sentence that was similar, inspiring or insightful. I will have to read this book again because when I started last Sunday, I read like a person who was about to have their first meal in a week (I basically "gulped down the interviews").
I hope that others will find solace in your writing.