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A Time to Grow Up -- A Daughter's Grief Memoir

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When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.” Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.” Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her deep sorrow and gradual recovery. Now she has gathered those verses into her first collection, A Time to Grow Up. Horner-Miller discusses the emotional challenges of caring for her parents at the end of their lives. Her words will strike a chord with any worried caretaker or child watching over ailing but fiercely independent loved ones. As Horner-Miller explores the nuances of bereavement through her poetry, she provides inspiration and comfort for readers coping with the same burdens. While many of her poems explore the depths of her anguish, others exude humor and warmth—a reminder that there is still always light in the world. In addition to her poems, Horner-Miller includes biographical sketches about her mother and her father, as well as appendices that provide coping tips, suggested activities, and resources for others dealing with intense bereavement.


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When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.” Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her When Larada Horner-Miller’s father died in 1996, her mother told her, “Everyone grieves in their own way.” Horner-Miller took these words to heart when her mother passed away in 2013. She discovered that writing poetry was the best way of working through her fresh grief. Eventually she penned dozens of intimate, heartfelt poems about her parents’ lives and legacies and her deep sorrow and gradual recovery. Now she has gathered those verses into her first collection, A Time to Grow Up. Horner-Miller discusses the emotional challenges of caring for her parents at the end of their lives. Her words will strike a chord with any worried caretaker or child watching over ailing but fiercely independent loved ones. As Horner-Miller explores the nuances of bereavement through her poetry, she provides inspiration and comfort for readers coping with the same burdens. While many of her poems explore the depths of her anguish, others exude humor and warmth—a reminder that there is still always light in the world. In addition to her poems, Horner-Miller includes biographical sketches about her mother and her father, as well as appendices that provide coping tips, suggested activities, and resources for others dealing with intense bereavement.

35 review for A Time to Grow Up -- A Daughter's Grief Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Florence Fales

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I received this book in a Good reads giveaway. It was a sad story. The author told the story of her parents and their untimely deaths. I felt the story was very repetitive. First her fathers story and death then her moms story and death and how she felt like an orphan. Most of the book was poetry about the same material. She included an appendix with more of same with a few new details. By the end of the book she realized through poetry and her grief she turned out like the daughter she wanted t I received this book in a Good reads giveaway. It was a sad story. The author told the story of her parents and their untimely deaths. I felt the story was very repetitive. First her fathers story and death then her moms story and death and how she felt like an orphan. Most of the book was poetry about the same material. She included an appendix with more of same with a few new details. By the end of the book she realized through poetry and her grief she turned out like the daughter she wanted to be.

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