Singing Mother Home
A Psychologist's Journey through Anticipatory Grief
Medical Humanities
6 x 9, 184 pp.
8 b&w illus.
Pub Date: 03/17/2003
  cloth
Price:        $26.95

978-1-57441-162-1

Published by University of North Texas Press

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Singing Mother Home

A Psychologist's Journey through Anticipatory Grief

By Donna S. Davenport
Foreword by Joan Matthews

What happens when an expert on grief is faced with the slow decline of her beloved mother? Like A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis, Singing Mother Home offers the reader an inside look at the struggles of someone who is an “expert” in coping with loss. Donna S. Davenport was forced to rethink the traditional academic approach to the process, which implied that the goal of grief resolution was to end the attachment to the loved one. Instead, she embarked on a personal exploration of her own anticipatory grief.

This intimate narrative forms the core of her book. It is emotionally wrenching, but it also provides hope for those going through similar experiences. Just as Davenport used her family's tradition of singing to comfort her mother, readers will be encouraged to find their own sources of comfort in family and legacy. The book concludes with two chapters describing psychological approaches to grief and recommending further reading.

Donna S. Davenport is associate professor of counseling psychology at Texas A&M University and has a private practice. Her refereed publications are numerous and include articles, book chapters, and a widely used textbook, An Introduction to Psychotherapy: Common Clinical Wisdom. She lives in Bryan, Texas. Joan Matthews, who wrote the foreword, is a psychologist in private practice in San Marcos, Texas.

What Readers Are Saying:

“This is a unique book by a professional who understands the field of loss and grief. Yet Dr. Davenport is able to expose her own vulnerabilities to the process of saying goodbye to her mother, while modeling how to healthily incorporate her sadness and sense of helplessness. Poignantly heartbreaking.” --Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP. President, American Psychology Association's Divi

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