Beyond Tears: Living After Losing a Child

Paperback | March 3, 2009

byEllen Mitchell

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Meant to comfort and give direction to bereaved parents, Beyond Tears is written by nine mothers who have each lost a child. This revised edition includes a new chapter written from the perspective of surviving siblings.
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 ago, 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.

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Meant to comfort and give direction to bereaved parents, Beyond Tears is written by nine mothers who have each lost a child. This revised edition includes a new chapter written from the perspective of surviving siblings.The death of a child is that unimaginable loss no parent ever expects to face. In Beyond Tears, nine mothers share t...

The book was written by Ellen Mitchell, who has a regular weekend column in Newsday, together with a group of nine mothers who each have lost a child: Carol Barkin, Audrey Cohen, Lorenza Colletti, Barbara Eisenberg, Barbara Goldstein, Madelaine Perri Kasden, Phyllis Levine, Ariella Long, and Rita Volpe.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 8.23 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:March 3, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312545193

ISBN - 13:9780312545192

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond Tears is intimate, honest, powerful, painful and gives hope We lost a bright shining star in our family, at the happiest time of her life. I am not the parent or sibling. I am the great aunt. My despair and deep sadness has been generated by the terrible grief of my family who are her near and dear. This book, complied with courage, love and great selflessness helps me understand how to help, what not to say, what to say, how to comfort. Its a go-to book for bereaved parents and sibs. The story never really ends for the bereaved, which I learned. I highly recommend this title for bereaved parents, siblings, step parents, grandparents and anyone who loves them.
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read A must read for those who have expeienced the loss of a child of any age. This book may sit on your shelf (or hidden in your closet) for weeks months or years before you can, but do you must. Furthermore, read this book if you are close to someone who has experinced the tragic loss of a beloved child or young adult and wish to be of any help to to the family. You can not and I hope you never feel the knid of pain this grief is but after reading this book you can be the support person to someone who's life and perspective on life and future is forever altered
Date published: 2010-08-09

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We are the closest of friends.  We share the deepest intimacies of our lives.  We wish we had never met.In the weeks and months following the deaths of our children even as we were totally shrouded in grief, we somehow came to realize that if we were going to continue living…and some of us were not at all sure we wanted to continue living…we would need help.Lorenza “When you lose a child you need someone who understands your pain, someone who has been there and knows you will never be the same.” —from Beyond Tears

Editorial Reviews

"[An] eloquent volume. Bereaved parents will find comfort, sympathy and support in this powerful, honest sharing of one of life's most painful experiences." -Publishers Weekly"The thoughts and feelings related here are incredibly honest and courageous and would greatly assist any parent who has lost a child and feels alone. Highly recommended." -Library Journal (starred review)"[Beyond Tears] lets readers know that there are folks out there who have been in their shoes, felt their feelings and learned to live life again." -The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)