Midlife Orphan: Facing Life's Changes Now That Your Parents Are Gone

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The word "orphan" may make us think of a child—but even self-sufficient adults can feel the pain of "orphanhood" when their parents are suddenly gone. Complicating the natural mourning process is the fact that this loss often occurs in our thirties, forties, or fifties—as we are raising our own children, watching them leave the nest, and facing other adjustments in our lives, from our jobs to our marriages to our health. This thoughtful exploration of a neglected subject explains the emotional impact of losing ...

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Overview

The word "orphan" may make us think of a child—but even self-sufficient adults can feel the pain of "orphanhood" when their parents are suddenly gone. Complicating the natural mourning process is the fact that this loss often occurs in our thirties, forties, or fifties—as we are raising our own children, watching them leave the nest, and facing other adjustments in our lives, from our jobs to our marriages to our health. This thoughtful exploration of a neglected subject explains the emotional impact of losing our parents in the midst of midlife—and why many underestimate it. Discussing such topics as changes in self-image, unresolved issues, guilt, sorrow, and anger, the emotional impact of inheritance, and the shifting of roles as a result of "midlife orphanhood," Jane Brooks shows us how to find new sources of strength, in both ourselves and others, after our parents are gone.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425166932
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/1999
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 483,569
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.04 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Brooks has a master's degree in educational technology from the university of Maryland, and is the co-author of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Guide to Common Childhood Infections. She has been a freelance writer for more than twenty-five years, lives in suburban Philadelphia, and is the mother of two sons.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

    Recommended by a psychologist dealing with my bereavement over the loss of my mother, I took the advice and purchased the book.

    The best part of this book for me was the chapter dealing with taking the helm as the head of the family once you have lost the last parent --especially mother. It brought to life and helped me recognize why I am feeling my own mortality and the prospect of dying ---the torch has been passed to me. Anyone who has lost both parents, but especially those of us who have had our parents for a long time and lose the last one suddenly, can benefit from reading about how others deal with the loss. I never thought I would be an orphan but now that I am it doesn't matter that I am over 60 years old. Being an orphan is a state all its own. Your parents keep you in a certain "place" and once they are gone you assume their "place" ---ready or not. This book provides reflection for the mourner even though much of it is certainly not new and certainly not what we don't already know. It is just that Jane Brooks has given voice to the thoughts we go through when the last parent dies. A book worth the read if only to realize you're not alone.

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