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So Far Away: A Daughter's Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love By Christine W. Hartmann,

  • Title: So Far Away: A Daughter's Memoir of Life, Loss, and Love
  • Author: Christine W. Hartmann
  • ISBN: 9780826517968
  • Page: 382
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christine Hartmann s mother valued control above all else, yet one event appeared beyond her command the timing of her own death Not to be denied there either, two decades in advance Irmgard Hartmann chose the date on which to end her life And her next step was to tell her daughter all about it For twenty years, Irmgard maintained an unwavering goal, to commit suicideChristine Hartmann s mother valued control above all else, yet one event appeared beyond her command the timing of her own death Not to be denied there either, two decades in advance Irmgard Hartmann chose the date on which to end her life And her next step was to tell her daughter all about it For twenty years, Irmgard maintained an unwavering goal, to commit suicide at age seventy She managed her chronic hypertension, stayed healthy and active, and lived life to the fullest Meanwhile, Christine fought desperately against the decision When Irmgard wouldn t listen, the only way to remain part of her life was for Christine to swallow her mother s plans hook, line, and sinker.Christine s father, as it turned out, prepared too slowly for old age Before he had made any decision, fate disabled him through a series of strokes Confined to a nursing home, severely impaired by dementia and frustrated by his circumstances, his life epitomized the predicament her mother wanted to avoid.So Far Away gives us an intimate view of a person interacting with and reacting to her parents at the ends of their lives In a richly detailed, poignant story of family members separate yet interwoven journeys, it underscores the complexities and opportunities that life presents each one of us.
    So Far Away A Daughter s Memoir of Life Loss and Love Christine Hartmann s mother valued control above all else yet one event appeared beyond her command the timing of her own death Not to be denied there either two decades in advance Irmgard Hartmann

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    1. disturbing surprised i finished it often i got frustrated with how silly it all seemed, that she was lamenting her mother dying like that s unheard of and how we ought to live in this mindful state, not that someone is going to kill themselves but that they ARE going to die one day and how WOULD that change how we spend our time and or does it need to change it Further it brings up the issue of control Mother and daughter both want it and neither have it There is a arrogance and silliness to pla [...]

    2. Time is certain There are no maybes no buts, only its constant passage It is difficult, at times, to look out the window and watch life go by you, powerless to stop it, and sometimes it is still jarring to look into the mirror to find myself changed, older than I feel So Far Away by Christine W Hartmann, a memoir about a daughter s last years with her parents, encapsulates these feelings perfectly It is a story of coping with aging parents and the looming prospect of their death At some point we [...]

    3. If I could give this memoir 10 stars I would If you are in a care giving situation for your parents, buy, beg , borrow or steal a copy of this book It will comfort and guide you through the loneliness of losing your parents while they are still physically alive FAR AWAY has had me crying no, sobbing inconsolably for the past two days as I read it I am drained and exhausted and utterly relieved that I am no longer alone in my journey of grief That there is a way through this loss there is even li [...]

    4. Original review posted hereI struggled with this memoir Granted, I should have known I d struggle with it the subject matter was just so hard.Christine Hartmann is a strong woman I don t know that I could have done what she did She builds the story over a period of about ten years, but the psychological impact her mother had on her lasted longer than that Can you imagine Living with the knowledge that your mother plans to die by suicide I can t.This book inspired a good, heartfelt talk between m [...]

    5. MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITChristine Hartmann s mother Irmgard, tells her that she plans on committing suicide when she turns seventy No matter how many discussions mother and daughter have about it, the fact remains that Irmgard does not want to live through a painful end After watching her brilliant father descend into dementia and suffer strokes, her mother is determined not to share the same fate Hartmann has recreated her conversations with her mother to tell her about the loss she suffered when bo [...]

    6. A moving, sometimes upsetting story, but told brilliantly, with much emotion and reflection As sometime who s situation has similarities with the author s, I was deeply movedbut not by the things I expected.

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