Losing Helen is a moving and inspiring essay that tracks an adult daughter through the many complex phases of grief as she anticipates the inevitable loss of her elderly mother. Finding strength and guidance in the spiritual insights of writers, artists, Western religion, and Eastern philosophies, the narrator undergoes a profound transformation while striving to design an end-of-life experience that is meaningful and sacred not only for her mother but also for herself.
|Publisher:||Red Hen Press|
|Edition description:||1st Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Carol Becker is Professor of the Arts and Dean of Faculty at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City. She has written for many print and online publications on varied topics, including the intellectual lives and emotional well-being of women. Her recently reissued book The Invisible Drama: Women and the Anxiety of Change has been translated into six languages.
What People are Saying About This
“In this beautiful memoir, Carol Becker accompanies her mother’s living and dying with wisdom, humor, and deep, uncomplicated love such as we rarely allow ourselves to feel. It is a gift of courage amidst inconsolable loss for which her readers will be grateful.”
Marianne Hirsch, author of The Generation of Postmemory
“Carol Becker’s work of undying devotion shows us that the death of a parent can be a time of unanticipated grace. Brave, honest, and moving, Losing Helen is also unexpectedly comforting. It makes it clear that kindness, clarity and insight can arise out of a willingness to face the traumas of our lives.”
Mark Epstein, M.D., author of Going to Pieces without Falling Apart
and The Trauma of Everyday Life
“Carol Becker’s extraordinary transcription of grief and love transcends various formsmemoir, autobiographyto become something else entirely: a work of literature that is entirely sui generis, constantly surprising, real, and, like the truth, beautiful and sustaining. A book to be treasured, embraced, and learned from.”
Hilton Als, staff writer, The New Yorker