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Publisher's Summary

The grieving process: Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey is one of the top bloggers today. She has a tremendous personal connection with her listeners. This is never more apparent than when she speaks about her mother. The pain of loss is universal. Yet, we all grieve differently.

For Alexander, the grieving process is one that she lives with day-to-day. Learning from her pain, Alexander connects with her listeners on a deeply emotional level in her debut audiobook Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow.

Coping with loss: In her early 20s reality smacked Ty in the face. She was ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and intellectual rollercoaster of dealing with her mom's illness. Through her own trial and error, she found a way to be a caregiver, patient advocate, researcher, and a grieving daughter. She wrote Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day to help others find the "best" way to cope and move on; however, one personally decides what that means.

Mourning and remembrance: In the chapters of this soul-touching audiobook, mourners will find meaning and wisdom in grieving and the love that will always remain. Each chapter is a study and lesson in coping with loss: 

  • Chapter 1: We've been duped, everyone dies!
  • Chapter 2: When fragmented families grieve
  • Chapter 3: The art of losing
  • Chapter 4: The how of grieving
  • Chapter 5: How to be obsessively grateful
  • Chapter 6: Things every mother should tell her daughter
  • Chapter 7: Dear Mommy
©2018 Ty Alexander (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Helps to know there's someone who understands...

loved listening to this even though it was hard to listen to. it surprised me how similar my experience that I'm going through right now is with Ty's experience. my mom recently got diagnosed and is in Hospice Care herself they've given her 10 to 12 months and I'm dreading watching her deteriorate. my mom is my best friend my rock and I'm her little girl and I don't know what I'm going to do without her. thank you Ty for sharing your experience I will probably do many of the suggestions that you had just so that I can get through this it helps to know that I will get through this someday.

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So Real!!

This book truly spoke to my core! I could relate to every chapter. Thank you !! My Mother passed in 1993... so wish I had a relatable read such as this back then.

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Just what I needed!

Thank you Ty Alexander for sharing your raw and emotional journey of grief with us. Your words spoke to me and let me know that I am not alone and that everything I have experienced so far is normal. I think I “bubble snotted” through the entire book. I had to laugh when you said “bubble snotted” because I was like...I do that too. Your words spoke to me like no other book I have read. I was able to find a reason to be grateful and was able to thank God for taking my mother 3 1/2 weeks after her pancreatic cancer diagnosis instead of making her suffer for the original prognosis of 6-9 months. That was a huge step for me. Thank you so much for having the courage to share your journey.

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Iit was to short but funny and heartbreaking!

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The reader was quite funny in her dialect. A very real true encounter of a private grief shared with all of us.

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This was the most beautiful yet hardest thing to read

This book is amazing. I lost my mom hardly a year ago, and the things she was saying about the aftermath of that devastation really resonated with me. This book made me feel more hopeful, and gave me new ways to think about love and death. I connected with the author...and it made me think about my mom and connect with her, which I want to be able to do more often and I am so happy that this book enabled me to do that. This is a self help book, but it’s like someone who finally understands me is talking me through this pain....I sobbed through almost the entire thing, but it was incredible. I will absolutely be reading this again. I just finished it, but I am inclined to start it over right now....This book way exceeded my expectations (self help books can be kinda dry and forced. This one isn’t like that at all). Thank you so much.