Beginning With the End: A Memoir of Twin Loss and Healing

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In1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of then-governor of New York State Nelson A. Rockefeller, mysteriously disappeared off the remote coast of southern New Guinea. Amidst the glare of international public interest, the governor, along with his daughter Mary, Michael’s twin, set off on a futile search, only to return empty handed and empty hearted. What followed were Mary’s 27-year repression of her grief and an unconscious denial of her twin’s death, which haunted her relationships and controlled her ...

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In1961, Michael Rockefeller, son of then-governor of New York State Nelson A. Rockefeller, mysteriously disappeared off the remote coast of southern New Guinea. Amidst the glare of international public interest, the governor, along with his daughter Mary, Michael’s twin, set off on a futile search, only to return empty handed and empty hearted. What followed were Mary’s 27-year repression of her grief and an unconscious denial of her twin’s death, which haunted her relationships and controlled her life.  In this startlingly frank and moving memoir, Mary R. Morgan struggles to claim an individual identity, which enables her to face Michael’s death and the huge loss it engendered.  With remarkable honesty, she shares her spiritually evocative healing journey and her story of moving forward into a life of new beginnings and meaning, especially in her work with others who have lost a twin.

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"A brave, candid, moving and very well-written memoir of Mary Rockefeller Morgan's life struggle with "twin loss" after the tragic disappearance fifty years ago off the New Guinea coast of her twin brother Michael." —Peter Mathiessen, two-time winner of the National Book Award

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936467396
  • Publisher: Vantage Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

MARY R MORGAN, L.M.S.W. is a licensed psychotherapist specializing in working with twinless twins. She lectures on the subject of twin loss and has led a bereavement group for twins whose twin died in the 9/11 World Trade Center disaster.   She is presently on sabbatical writing a new book for grief counselors, which explores the unique treatment issues facing grieving twins.. Morgan is also the Executive producer of two forthcoming documentaries on the myth of the gene and the risks of genetic engineering. She is married and lives in New York State. She has three children and seven grandchildren.

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