Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself: The Defining Turning Point of Adult Life
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Losing Your Parents, Finding Yourself: The Defining Turning Point of Adult Life

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An eloquent book that explores the impact on one's life of losing a parent as an adult, and the effect it has on families, careers, and friendships--now in paperback.

Losing a parent is an event that happens, sooner or later, to nearly everyone. Yet seldom has the impact of parental death on the identities of adult offspring been examined. This book fills that gap. Backed b...more
Paperback, 330 pages
Published April 25th 2001 by Hyperion (first published March 1st 2000)
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I didn't share the author's experience of finding it liberating when my parent died. Ms. Secunda's experience of realizing when her parent passed, that the author had been unaware that she felt stifled in some ways by her parent. So she was able to blossom upon her parents' passing.

I'm sure I'm oversimplifying, but my point is that unless you have a similar relationship with your deceased parent (feel held back by your overbearing parent), this book won't be helpful to you.

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My son gave me this after my father died. This is a book which recounts dozens of other folks' experiences with losing their parents. Happens everyday to someone, somewhere and yet when it happens to you it can be monumentally life changing. I was completely unprepared for how desolate I would feel so am glad for the wisdom of others who've been through it.
It's interesting for those of us who find ourselves at this point in our lives. The author reprints the survey upon which she based her results in the back of the book, so there's an opportunity for personal reflection and comparison if the reader so chooses.
Tesser White
Very well thought out & well written. Good food for thought on becoming your own person after your parents die!
May 27, 2008 Cameron marked it as to-read
Recommended by a good friend after she learned about the death of my father in law.
Good, for what it is. I'd love to finish it someday. Maybe.
Jean Brazil
Study of how people react to death of parents.
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