Motherless Daughters, 20th Anniversary Edition

The Legacy of Loss
Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
4.2 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The classic New York Times best seller has helped millions of women cope with and heal from the grief of losing their mothers.  

Although a mother's mortality is inevitable, no book has discussed the profound lasting and far reaching effects of this loss until Motherless Daughters, which became an instant classic. More than 20 years later, it is still the go-to book that women of all ages look to for comfort, help, and understanding when their mother dies. Building on interviews with hundreds of mother-loss survivors, Edelman's personal story of losing her mother, and recent research in grief and psychology, Motherless Daughters reveals the shared experiences and core identity issues of motherless women:

  • Why the absence of a nurturing hand shapes a woman's identity throughout her lifespan
  • How present day relationships are defined by past losses
  • How a woman can resolve past conflicts and move toward acceptance and healing
  • Why grief really is not a linear passage but an ongoing cyclical journey
  • How the legacy of mother loss shifts with the passage of time
©2014 Hope Edelman (P)2018 Tantor

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Very Helpful! First time I don't feel alone.

Very Helpful. First time I don't feel alone. Thank you for that blessing. Much appreciated.

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Not for everyone

People seem to love this book but if you are looking for help with the loss of your lol than this is NOT the book for you, it’s just stories of how other people deal but if you don’t find your study here than you just can relate completely. In my opinion.

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Therapy for a motherless daughter

Therapeutic for my soul! Still needed 25 years later! Thank you Hope Edelman! Great read

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depressing

If you don't have these issues you start thinking maybe you should if you are motherless. Life is hard and everyone has their struggles. It was nice to know that the problems I do have could be because I was motherless. But it brought up things I hadn't even thought of. Made me feel sorry for myself even more. I have not finished the book. Maybe I will and refresh this review.

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A literary must for your grief tool kit

Comforting and Insightful Read. Would recommend for younger girls or women of any age and background.

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Highly Recommend!

This book is for all Motherless Daughters, young/Old regardless of how your Mother was lost. Sickness, murder... it’s all covered. I am sure you will benefit from this book if you are a woman who has lost your mother. Well well done!