This beautifully crafted memoir explores the ever-present struggle
for connection and independence between mother and daughter that
may not be resolved by death, but given a new dimension. The complex
story, simply and gracefully told, engages the reader in issues
of grief and loss, prickly family relationships, and faith.
Sara J. Corse, Ph.D. poignantly conveys the overlapping –
and sometimes conflicting – needs of both her dying mother
and herself, in the process finding redemption and forgiveness.
One reviewer writing for Amazon.com wrote:
"Don't wait until your mother is ill or gone before you
read this heartfelt book. Any woman who has ever questioned whether
she was properly "mothered" or whether she was a good
daughter would benefit from the insights Dr. Corse shares about
her own process of forgiving herself and her mother. There is
much here to hearten and inspire. Highly recommended; give it
to yourself or your sister or your best girlfriend."
As a personal narrative of the transformative potential of caring
for a dying parent, Cradled All the While speaks to a variety
of audiences, including those experiencing or anticipating the
death of someone close to them, volunteers and professionals working
in hospice care, and ministers, spiritual directors and lay persons
engaged in pastoral care. The reader is drawn into this emotionally
honest story and finds within it many footholds for moving closer
to the personal, relational and spiritual experience of being
with the dying.
Credit: Sara J. Corse, Ph.D.