After the death of her mother, Hamilton-Holway captured her own journey through loss and renewal
Product Code: 5224
ISBN: 9781558964600
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Skinner House
Pages: 112
Size: 7 x 6.25
Published Date: 01/23/2004
Availability:In stock
Price: $14.00
After the death of her mother, Hamilton-Holway captured her own journey through loss and renewal. Speaks to the challenges and rewards of caring for an elderly loved one. Meditative in tone, Who Will Remember Me? reminds us that from loss we can also discover a new beginning.
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I have come to bring you bitter news.

I am with you always.

The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

This is the story of my relationship with my mother, a story of both separation and connection. Much of what I know about love and power has come from my relationship with my mother. In sharing the story of my own life?as a daughter, a mother, and a parish minister?I hope to convey my sense of an abiding relationship, a presence known by many names and no name, which some call God.

—from the Preface

“Filled with wisdom, honesty, inspiration and understanding, this little treasure will take you on a journey of laughter and hope. Hamilton-Holway shows that we can heal our hearts, even in our darkest hour.”

—Joy Carol, author of Towers of Hope: Stories to Help Us Heal

“Who Will Remember Me?is a story to turn to again and again – not only for what it teaches about being fully present to the dying of a parent, but also for its sheer beauty, its layering of meaning and its reflection on faith and ritual. It might almost be memorized ? like a good poem that offers something new in each new situation. Hamilton-Holway writes small, rich details that evoke the larger whole (for example, strawberries her son fed to her mother as her mother was dying); tells the complex in ways spare and uncluttered; revisits memories and thereby makes them more precious. She writes in the style of one at home in reflection, noticing the essential and saying it in a style stripped also to the essential. She has written a love poem of a book not only for her mother, but also herself and her family – for all of us.”

—Nancy Shaffer, author of Instructions in Joy: Meditations

“Who Will Remember Me? is sentimental, filled with humor, wit, religious reference, and real life, in-house tangles. Hamilton-Holway’s story demonstrates how a mother's death can break the heart while stretching the soul into unimaginable shapes. Who Will Remember Me? summons all of us to become spiritually current and emotionally clean with our loved ones, be they living or not.”

—Tom Owen-Towle, author of Freethinking Mystics With Hands: Exploring the Heart of Unitarian Universalism

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