• Healing After the Loss of Your Mother

  • A Grief & Comfort Manual
  • By: Elaine Mallon
  • Narrated by: Jane Oppenheimer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 42 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (98 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Healing After the Loss of Your Mother is a heartfelt and practical guidebook for those mourning the loss of their mother and for supporters hoping to help a loved one through the grief. 

Like a compassionate friend, author Elaine Mallon captures the raw, unique pain of losing your mother with empathy, honesty, and eloquence. She tenderly walks the listener through each step of the grieving process, offering straightforward answers to many common questions and addressing fears faced by those grieving, as well. 

This is an essential step-by-step guidebook for anyone uncertain about what to do or where to turn after their mother’s death. 

For those hoping to support someone who is grieving, this book also offers insight on how to comfort them by explaining what a person in mourning is going through and how to be most helpful to them. 

If you’ve lost your mother, please know this: If you’re grieving, you’re healing - and you are not alone.
 

This grief recovery manual provides helpful information on: 

  • What can I expect? The list  
  • How do I do this? The process  
  • How long will this pain last? 
  • Getting a support system 
  • Shifting relationships 
  • Identity crisis 
  • Grief work vs. allowing 
  • Coping tools 
  • Grief vs. depression 
  • When to seek help 
  • Triggers 
  • Surviving the holidays, Mother's day, birthdays, and special occasions 
  • The new normal 
  • The path toward healing 
  • What to do/what not to do for someone grieving 
  • Grief community forum Q&As 

Bonus: personal journaling section

  • Notes to myself
  • Favorite stories and memories
  • Gratitude journal
©2018 Elaine Mallon (P)2020 Elaine Mallon

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Helpful to hear even 3 months later

My mother died unexpectedly in February and I was the one to find her deceased. I think no matter if your loved one died by cancer/car accident /overdose/ etc this book is a gift to listen to. I found myself crying during moments I was reading because it was as if my mind was writing the book. Well done! thank you for putting words onto paper that were in my own head stuck. God bless

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Exceptionally accurate

I lost my mom just over 3 months ago and am going through a lot of emotions that feel so foreign. This book helped me connect with those feelings as a normal part off grieving and made me not feel so alone.

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POWERFUL. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

I’ve read and listened to many books on grief since my mom died, but this one is by far the best. This feels like a loving friend holding my hand, sitting with me through this overwhelming, crushing time that so few really understand. It continues to provide comfort and guidance during my most painful days when I wonder how I will survive this.

I listen to this incredible book over and over and have gifted it to my siblings and several friends. It has been by far the most positive part of my healing process. What a gift!

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Awesome

Words can’t express how much this has helped me. I am so grateful to have this audio to listen too and help me over the rocky paths we all have to go through.

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Please gift the moment someone's mom dies

I happened upon this book three months after my mom died. Oh, how I wish I would have started listening to it day one. I sent a copy in the mail to my sister.

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she gets it and communicates it so well

i have bought a few books already on grief of a mother who has passed on. i could have written this book. Everything is like verbatim of my life inner and outer world.

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This excellent book is a blessing.

This amazing book has been like my grief bible. I keep it on my bedside and know it’s always there for me with answers, validation and emotional support. The comforting audiobook is a godsend on my long drives, like a dear friend guiding me through this.

Through the author’s beautiful heart and words, I have been given hope during this very dark and confusing time. Truly an exceptional book and the author a beacon of light to those like me in grief.

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This book has bless my life and it gave me understanding on what to expect during this path of life

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Definitely needed

I started listening to this just a few weeks after my mom died unexpectedly and continued slowly for a few months. It was incredibly helpful to validate many feelings I had. Definitely what I needed.

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Will probably get something good to help

One of the keys in this book is everyone has a different experience of grief. There is a lot of good suggestions in here for various ways to handle that. But there is a lot of assumptions to. It felts like the book was written with women close to their mothers as the target audience. If you don’t fall into that category or a “recovering control freak” (book words not mine), you might feel a little lost, disconnected, or ignored by the author at times. The book though was a clear act of love and hope to help others grieving their loss.

The narrator was excellent and feel really understood the words of the author. When the author was talking suggestions, tone was practical. The need for patience, the tone was patient. When sad or angry…you get the idea. Jane just did a great job and will seek out books she narrates for sure.

Overall a helpful book but not for everyone. Also it will take some time to get through even if relatively short. Worth a try to listening for you lost your mother and are grieving. Maybe you will find something that can help you.