Stories of loss are dynamic, evolving organisms. At first, we're compelled to tell the story of how a loved one died. But over time, our stories naturally become more nuanced and complex. As our perspectives shift, stories of hardship can also become stories of strength.
Hope Edelman is the author of the bestselling books Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers as well as five other nonfiction books. She has been writing and speaking about the long-term effects of early mother loss for more than 25 years.
Her personal story of loss began when she was 17 and her mother died of breast cancer. Now a certified coach specializing in grief and loss, Hope has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, Good Morning Australia, KTLA, CBC, and NPR, and is a sought-after speaker at events worldwide. She holds a master's degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and in 2021 will begin studies for a master's in Narrative Therapy and Community Work at the University of Melbourne, Australia.