- Paperback: 324 pages
- Publisher: Delta; 1 edition (April 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385314388
- ISBN-13: 978-0385314381
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 306 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,052,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss 1st Edition
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Edelman shares her own painful story and the stories of many other women who, as children or adults, lost their mothers. She explains the stages of grief and adjustment. She considers the secondary effects that can occur: the girl-child filling the lost mother's role at home for father and younger siblings. If you've lost your mother, you no longer have to face it alone. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The death of a mother--particularly during one's young years--is traumatic. Writing of her own experiences of losing her mother when she was 17, and the grief of hundreds of women she interviewed who lost their mothers through death, abandonment or another form of separation, freelance writer Edelman marshals a wealth of anecdotal evidence, supplemented with psychological research about bereavement, that indicates that one's longing for a mother never disappears. Though the focus is on early loss for girls and the implications for their developing identity, adult daughters also speak in these pages to provide another poignant perspective. The author succeeds in opening up cathartic dialogues, personalizing a life-changing event and offering guidelines to help women of any age live with their loss. Author tour.
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A terrific book, !!
I am a daughter who lost her mother as a young adult and found my experience to be similar those in the same situation. My mother's death was one of the most traumatic life experiences I've ever had. Reading this let me know that I was not alone in the way I experienced bereavement, gave me perspective on how others process the loss of a mother, and helped me develop the emotional space I needed to grieve. I would recommend that anyone who is reading this to take it in bits and pieces. When I tried to power through the text, I found myself sobbing for hours. It was profoundly easier to read small sections at a time.
As a person who likes to read non-fiction and enjoys statistics, I found it to be an informative read that was still accessible and highly personal. I would recommend it to other grieving daughters.