When Every Day Matters, A Mother's Memoir On Love, Loss And Life

When Every Day Matters, A Mother's Memoir On Love, Loss And Life

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by Mary Jane Brant
     
 

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There are painful moments in life when we think we shall never recover:
the end of a long-standing marriage, a devastating diagnosis, the catastrophic loss of our home or our livelihood. Then, there are moments in which we wish we'll never recover: when a child is wrenched from us through accident, illness, an act of cruel violence, a drunk driver, lost

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There are painful moments in life when we think we shall never recover:
the end of a long-standing marriage, a devastating diagnosis, the catastrophic loss of our home or our livelihood. Then, there are moments in which we wish we'll never recover: when a child is wrenched from us through accident, illness, an act of cruel violence, a drunk driver, lost hope or war.

In her courageous book, When Every Day Matters, M.J. Hurley Brant chronicles the first year of living without her beloved daughter, Katie Brant. For ten years Katie and her family lived with the diagnosis, treatment and progression of brain cancer. MJ shares with us not the story of a life lost through tragedy, but the legacy of a renewed life filled with grace, compassion, wisdom and choice. A life in which Every Day Matters.

Living with grief is a lonely journey, but you don't have to do it alone. Within these pages you will find a reassuring companion who knows what you are going through because she's been there. From practical reminders to drink more water so that your body does not suffer the effects of dehydration on top of emotional devastation, to creating memory gardens to channel sadness, MJ Hurley Brant's words, suggestions and sentiments will comfort and guide you to an understanding that sometimes the only way we get over the unbearable is by going through it.

Editorial Reviews

Nadia Maria Smith
When Every Day Matters brings comfort to anyone experiencing death of a loved one. Hurley Brant, a psychotherapist, opens her heart to reveal her own grieving process. Writes about the unspeakable pain, uncertainty and loss of desire to live, but she also reaches deep to reveal that through each tragedy there is an opportunity for a renewed life filled with grace, compassion, wisdom and choice. Hurley Brant gives insights into how to support someone grieving.
James Hollis, Ph.D.
The World's Worst Club - For a first-person description of the soul's daily struggle to find its course, this is a book to read. This work arises from a woman whose Jungian perspective brings a depth of insight and working knowledge ….Spoken with eloquence and candor; offering hope without minimizing trauma and lasting pain. When Every Day Matters: A Mother's Memoir offers a gift I value…to the very week that my son, Timothy died, and I joined the World's Worst Club.
Kathy Boccella
Mother Turns To Writing To Ease Grief - In When Every Day Matters therapist Mary Jane Hurley Brant writes of efforts she and daughter made to maintain their joy and passion for life while struggling against a devastating disease. These letters are rarely angry or self-pitying. They are wistful, deeply personal, and at times funny. In a matter-of-fact yet moving voice, Brant describes the ups and downs her family faced during illness and after death. Book helps other grieving parents.
Robert Ellis
In When Every Day Matters, Mary Jane Hurley Brant weaves her personal experiences with a rainbow of inspirational perspectives and quotations from others who have loved and lost. Brant reflects on her own family dynamics, looking back to her own father’s death, the influences of her family, friends and circumstances, and the tides of faith that sustain her. “The heart and soul are very slow to heal.You need time.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981780900
Publisher:
Simple Abundance Press
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.67(d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jane Hurley Brant is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and a Certified Leader of the Simple Abundance Principles and Peace and Plenty Workshops. For 31 years she has worked as a Human Relations Counselor with a concentration in Jungian studies and depth psychology. She specializes in grief therapy. She works to guide and champion her couples and clients to value and love the person that they are and were born to become. The therapeutic alliance she establishes with others helps validate their personal experience. MJ believes faith and spiritual beliefs make life bearable in hard times and a joy in the other times.

Her private practice is in Paoli, PA and she also does consultations by telephone.
MJ is also an artist who has sold her work in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. She is married for 41 years and has 3 beautiful grandchildren, a son and daughter-in-law.

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When Every Day Matters, A Mother's Memoir On Love, Loss And Life 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
SueUrdaPowerfulYouNetwork More than 1 year ago
Bravo MJ! Thank you for the amazing courage and strength you possess that allowed and inspired this magnificent book! Fourteen years after my father's passing, with this book, I have finally found a way to understand my own complex feelings of grief as well as those of my mother. M.J.'s heartfelt, raw and touching story of her beautiful daughter's sojourn provides a gateway to understanding unconditional love, loss and the inevitable journey back to life and joy. This book will help you to understand some of your own feelings, thoughts and actions as well as those of others during unfamiliar and unconscionable circumstances. MJ's style is conversational, heartfelt and awash with honesty and pure love. This book is sure to change the world... I know it has already changed mine.
Maddy97 More than 1 year ago
This book is an inspirational account of how a young woman embraced her life and inspired so many around her during ten years of battling cancer. Katie's wisdom and grace provides the reader with a way to consider hardships in one's own life. Likewise, her mother's honest accouting of her grief, family dynamics and psychological insights gives the reader an example of how to navigate challenges in life.
Lily3 More than 1 year ago
When Everyday Matters: A Mother's Memoir On Love, Loss and Life by M.J.Hurley Brant is a beautifully written, heartbreaking book about the life and death of the author's lovely, intelligent, funny, amazing daughter, Katie. In my work as a psychologist, I deal with difficult issues of all kinds but there is nothing worse than the death of a child. This forthright and loving book will be an invaluable source of comfort and encouragement to anyone dealing with such a tragic loss. It offers insight into how Katie and her wonderful family lived day in and day out, year in and year out waiting for the other shoe to drop but still managing to embrace everyday with joy and hope. At the end of Katie's story, one is left with a desire to manifest the kind of courage with which Katie lived her brave and selfless life. I highly recommend this deeply touching memoir.
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