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Midlife Orphan

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The word "orphan" may make us think of a child--but even self-sufficient adults can feel the pain of "orphanhood" when their parents are suddenly gone. Complicating the natural mourning process is the fact that this loss often occurs in our thirties, forties, or fifties--as we are raising our own children, watching them leave the nest, and facing other adjustments in our l ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 1st 1999 by Berkley Trade
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This book hit home with what I'm feeling (and what our family is experiencing) since Mom died. When the last parent dies, the feelings are different than when the first parent dies. You end up searching for yourself and your identity while preserving the memories of your parents. Especially at mid-life (30s to 50s), losing the last parent throws you into a mid-life crisis early, where you try and figure out who you are and what you're supposed to do with your life. A very good read, recommended ...more
Scott Holstad
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. My wife bought it for me because my father died three weeks ago today and she thought it might be helpful. And some of it was. But a great deal was not too.

The book is made up mostly of stories about midlife "orphans" who have lost their parents. Most seem to be Jewish, perhaps because the author is. The book centers on losing your last parent, although that wasn't immediately clear and because I just lost my first parent, it didn't resonate as much as it
I loved it even though I cried most of the way through it. Beautifully written. Will probably read it again someday, though I hope not too soon.
I hope you don't have to read this. Sadly, I had occasion to, when I lost both my parents in my early 40s. While not every chapter was on point for me, I found it helpful and comforting. I haven't seen much else on this topic, so the book is much appreciated.
interesting... views of others who are middle aged and losing parents, guess it helps work thru a few things
Confirmed what I'm experiencing on a practical level.
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