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The death of a child is that unimaginable loss no parent ever expects to face. In Beyond Tears, nine mothers share their individual stories of how to survive in the darkest hour. They candidly share with other bereaved parents what to expect in the first year and long beyond:

  • Harmonious relationships can become strained
  • There is a new definition of what one considers "normal"
  • The question "how many children do you have?" can be devastating
  • Mothers and fathers mourn and cope differently
  • Surviving siblings grieve and suffer as well

There simply is no answer to the question "why?" This sharing in itself is a catharsis, and because each of these mothers lost her child at least seven years before, she is in a unique position to provide perspective on what newly bereaved parents can expect to feel. The mothers of Beyond Tears offer reassurance that the clouds of grief do lessen with time and that grieving parents will find a way to live and even laugh again.

The full list of contributors includes Madelaine Perri Kasden, Phyllis Levine, Ariella Long, Rita Volpe, and Ellen Mitchell.

©2009 Ellen Mitchell, Carol Barkin, et al. (P)2016 Tantor

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Comforting and familiar

My daughter died 25 days ago. I feel like this book could have been written by me because the emotions the women who wrote the book went through are exactly what I am going through. It is comforting to know that my grief is "normal" and that I'm not losing my mind. I have read several grief books. Beyond Tears is by far the best. Thank you!

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Exactly what I needed

It felt as if they knew exactly what I’m going through as though they were in my thoughts and mind. Listening to it for a second time.

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