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17 Sympathetic Books About Losing Your Mom

This article showcases our top picks for the Books About Losing Your Mom. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Mom’s Gone, Now What? by Mershon Niesner

This product was recommended by Mershon Niesner from The Bell Group

As the first of three generations of women to live beyond my thirties, I have nearly seventy years of personal mother loss experience. I also interviewed over fifty women who shared their stories of early loss, teen and young adult loss, abandonment, loss through homicide, and loss as the result of Alzheimer’s disease. These stories give the reader a sense of camaraderie, insight into how to move forward, and compassion for the experience of others.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

This product was recommended by Pranali Patel from Empiricalmama

I read this book a while ago to a friend who lost a mother. The book is about motherless child Lily and her attempt to handle her loss and grief. The secret life of Bees is a fiction book but what I love most about it is Lily’s deep recollections about her dead mother. This book is close to my heart as it generates feelings and reminds us of words that we already know.

How to Go on After the Loss of Your Mother by Melanie Aniston

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

This book is written for you if you have been bearing the pain of losing a mother for a remarkably long time. The author seeks to help you process the grief and embark on the healing path through the book. It touches on the physical impact of grief, details grief-coping techniques, and teaches how to be happy again. This information is delivered in a considerate, loving, and gentle manner.

Healing After the Loss of Your Mother by Elaine Mallon

This product was recommended by Stephen Curry from CocoSign

The author seeks to address people who have lost a mother and those looking to support somebody who has lost a mother. With eloquence, empathy, and honesty, this book captures this loss’s pain in a raw and unique way. Elaine then tenderly guides the reader through the grief process, addressing fears and offering answers about this process. She also provides insight into supporting the bereaved and being of utmost help to them.

Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman is an instant bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It is still the book that motherless daughters of all ages turn to for understanding and comfort. Edelman has a better grasp of how mother loss affects new relationships. Motherless Daughters is a must-read for the millions of women who have lost their mothers but still need healing, mourning, and mothering. It’s a classic.

The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

To mourn today, in a culture that has largely abandoned mourning rituals, is a difficult question. Meghan O’Rourke was shocked by the depth of her grief when her mother died of cancer at age 55. Anguished over her mother’s illness, she began recording her inner life as a mourner, trying to capture the paradox of grief – its monumental agony and microscopic intimacies.

Missing Mom by Joyce Carol Oates

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Nikki Eaton, 31, single, sexually liberated, and financially independent, has never considered herself a daughter. After her mother’s untimely death, she undergoes a remarkable transformation during a turbulent year filled with stunning horror, sorrow, illumination, wisdom, and even unexpected love.

Dancing at the Pity Party by Tyler Feder

This product was recommended by Jonathan Tian from Mobitrix

It is a story about a woman who lost her mother while in college. She describes how she and her younger sisters coped with adulthood without the guidance of a mother. She discusses important post-death events such as celebrating holidays without her mother, the agony of cleaning out her mother’s closet, ending old traditions, and beginning new ones. This bracingly candid and sweetly humorous story is for anyone grieving a loss of a mother.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

This book is recommended as a book that a friend has given to others when losing a mother to read to forget sorrow. Reading will make you horrified. If your grieving relative is wealthy and surrounded by caretakers of all kinds, by all means, give them this book.

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

This is a great book. That will help you. It made sense, written in 1960, so have it in mind. However, you will feel the concepts were relevant, and the writing is lovely. This book is entirely profound and although it’s about the loss of his mother. It would maybe give you a bit of an understanding of any grief or death situation.

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye by Brook Noel

This product was recommended by Olivia Tan from CocoFax

This book is perfect and excellent for reading when you lose your mother. While reading the book, you will feel special and get yourself together. It is Extremely well-written and thoughtful for grief and death. Get it and take away sorrow.

Remembering My Mom by Barbara L. Mason

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

This is a definitive guide for people grieving the loss of their mothers and helps heal the individual. The book uses a tone and style that helps its readers recapture their most precious memories of their mothers after death. The author’s mastery of style helps bring out the favorite memory prompts, such as enabling the readers to remember the best traits of their mom, what she made them wear, and the best meals she cooked. Readers will love this book because it helps comfort them by acting as a journal to bring back smiles using the best memories of our mother.

Comfort for The Grieving Adult Child’s Heart by Gary Roe

This product was recommended by Ryan Yount from LuckLuckGo

Gary Roe is a renowned author and trusted voice regarding healing the wounded and those grieving. In this masterpiece, Gary helps readers process complicated grief emotions, including guilt, anger, sadness, confusion, anxiety, and depression. Readers will also learn how to manage the increased stress and feelings of uncertainty that arise with the loss of their mother. Moreover, the author uses his great ability to connect with those grieving to help overcome stress and find comfort in every page they read.

The Dead Moms Club by Kate Spencer

This product was recommended by Daniela Sawyer from FindPeopleFast

Kate Spencer’s book is an honest look at what it’s like to go through a gruesome loss and emerge on the other side. Each chapter concludes with a reader-friendly tip, such as the It’s None of Your Business Card, which you can copy and hand out to nosy strangers.

Motherless Daughters, the Legacy of Loss by Hope Edelman

This product was recommended by Naheed Mir from RugKnots

This book tells how a mother’s absence can affect a woman’s life in the short and long term. I was able to relate to the author’s experiences-making me feel less alone. It also gave me perspective on how other women were coping with a similar situation.

What We Carry by Maya Shanbhag Lang

This product was recommended by Shiv Gupta from Incrementors

Losing your mother to Alzheimer’s is a distinct type of loss—mother Lang’s does not die on the page, but she loses her slowly. When you lose your mother, you also lose the tales she told you and the ones she never got to tell. Lang’s once supportive mother loses track of the stories she told her daughter about her immigration, her parenting experience, and the secrets—or are they lies?—that cause her daughter to rethink their connection. Did she ever meet her mother?

Letters from Motherless Daughters by Hope Edelman

This product was recommended by Tim Sutton from CoffeeGeek TV

The book contains a compilation of real letters written by daughters who have lost their mothers. They are of different ages, from different stages of life, and on different stages of grief. But they are all trying to come to terms with the loss of their mother. And these genuine, moving, soulful, and hopeful words can offer some comfort and understanding to those who have also been in the same position as well.

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