Joining Jill in Part 4 of this series, is Harriet Brown, who is an Award winning writer, professor, and researcher. Harriet teaches about eating disorders, body image and family estrangement. She writes for The New York Times science and magazine sections, O: The Oprah Magazine, Health magazine, and many other publications. Her books include: Shadow Daughter: A Memoir of Estrangement, Body of Truth: How Science, History and Culture Drive Our Obsession with Weight- and What We Can Do About It, Brave Girl Eating: A Family’s Struggle with Anorexia, The Good-bye Window: A Year in the Life of a Day-Care Center.
Join us as we take a deep dive from the inside out from a woman who is a true tour de force.
Having walked the path of estrangement from my family of origin for nearly two decades, I have found that estrangement is far too often a subject that goes underground and is unrelatable but one which requires deep re-organizing, deep healing, ongoing re-identification and becoming.
I am compelled to cultivate a safe space to ask others to lay the burdens down of abandonment, betrayal, and begin to reclaim and name the self-honoring that the work takes to live in the world without those who live and have lived with us or those we have chosen to live without.
This is an opportunity to speak about forgiveness. To speak about reclamation of self. To speak about loss. To speak about reclamation of self.
Most importantly, to not turn away. To turn toward.
I am here to reimagine ways to find new language of inclusion and healing around the experience of estrangement that many people walk or have walked.