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Grieving the Death of a Mother

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A mother's death can make a shambles of schedules, priorities, agendas, commitments, and, sometimes, even our most important relationships. A mother's last breath inevitably changes us. Drawing on his own experience of loss, as well as those of others, Harold Ivan Smith guides readers through their grief, from the process of dying through the acts of remembering and honori ...more
Paperback, 147 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing
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Lorraine
The author could not have possibly written a more loving and helpful book. His Mom reminds me of my own in ways- her "Mom-isms," her kindness, faith, and selfless love. I am honored to have "met" the authors Mom and the other wonderful Moms spoken of in this book. God bless us all as we navigate our grief.
Nina
“A mother's death can make a shambles of schedules, priorities, agendas, commitments, and, sometimes, even our most important relationships. A mother's last breath inevitably changes us.”
With these words, Harold Ivan Smith assures readers that whatever we may feel and experience following the death of our mother, is normal. In the introduction, Smith states that “as a grief educator, I thought I was prepared for my mother’s death.” I was hooked from this one line. I am also a healthcare provider
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Anne
I thought this was a very helpful book. Other books on grief I've read really don't cover motherloss, especially by adult children. His book was focused on adult children who lost their mothers but also mentioned stories like Eleanor Roosevelt's and how it affected the kid to be told not to grieve....

Among the quotations I wrote down there are 4 I haven't written down but thought important.
*"Become a companion to someone who is newly experiencing motherloss. A cup of coffee, a movie ticket, or e
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Wendy
A book you never hope to read, it validates everything you are feeling and helps you to think things through and just simply relate.
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“I believe I will see my mother again. I expect to again hear those familiar words, 'Oh, Honey, I'm so glad you've come.' I am not alone in entertaining such thoughts. When Kirk Douglas was hospitalized after a massive stroke, he wondered, 'Could I see my mother again? I would like that.' I have read and reread his words, 'Oh, how I would like to thank her for all of the things that I never thanked her for.' Just as my mother took my hand as a child and led me on the big adventure of exploring downtown Louisville, on some distant day, she will again take my hand, and lead me on the big adventure of exploring heaven. In the language of the Eternal Town I will, at last, find adequate words to thank her for loving me so lavishly.” 2 likes
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