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Publisher's Summary

The grieving process: Ty Alexander of Gorgeous in Grey is one of the top bloggers today. She has a tremendous personal connection with her listeners. This is never more apparent than when she speaks about her mother. The pain of loss is universal. Yet, we all grieve differently.

For Alexander, the grieving process is one that she lives with day-to-day. Learning from her pain, Alexander connects with her listeners on a deeply emotional level in her debut audiobook Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day. From grief counseling to sharing insightful true stories, Alexander offers comfort, reassurance, and hope in the face of sorrow.

Coping with loss: In her early 20s reality smacked Ty in the face. She was ill-equipped to deal with the emotional and intellectual rollercoaster of dealing with her mom's illness. Through her own trial and error, she found a way to be a caregiver, patient advocate, researcher, and a grieving daughter. She wrote Things I Wish I Knew before My Mom Died: Coping with Loss Every Day to help others find the "best" way to cope and move on; however, one personally decides what that means.

Mourning and remembrance: In the chapters of this soul-touching audiobook, mourners will find meaning and wisdom in grieving and the love that will always remain. Each chapter is a study and lesson in coping with loss: 

  • Chapter 1: We've been duped, everyone dies!
  • Chapter 2: When fragmented families grieve
  • Chapter 3: The art of losing
  • Chapter 4: The how of grieving
  • Chapter 5: How to be obsessively grateful
  • Chapter 6: Things every mother should tell her daughter
  • Chapter 7: Dear Mommy
©2018 Ty Alexander (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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I related so much to Ty. Insightful and honest. Funny and raw. A beautiful breath of fresh air and relief to my soul.

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I'm not religious at all so I found it difficult to relate to a lot of things she felt and spoke about.

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  • Jess M
  • 08-09-2018

This was the most beautiful yet hardest thing to read

This book is amazing. I lost my mom hardly a year ago, and the things she was saying about the aftermath of that devastation really resonated with me. This book made me feel more hopeful, and gave me new ways to think about love and death. I connected with the author...and it made me think about my mom and connect with her, which I want to be able to do more often and I am so happy that this book enabled me to do that. This is a self help book, but it’s like someone who finally understands me is talking me through this pain....I sobbed through almost the entire thing, but it was incredible. I will absolutely be reading this again. I just finished it, but I am inclined to start it over right now....This book way exceeded my expectations (self help books can be kinda dry and forced. This one isn’t like that at all). Thank you so much.

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  • Denise Rash
  • 31-05-2018

Helps to know there's someone who understands...

loved listening to this even though it was hard to listen to. it surprised me how similar my experience that I'm going through right now is with Ty's experience. my mom recently got diagnosed and is in Hospice Care herself they've given her 10 to 12 months and I'm dreading watching her deteriorate. my mom is my best friend my rock and I'm her little girl and I don't know what I'm going to do without her. thank you Ty for sharing your experience I will probably do many of the suggestions that you had just so that I can get through this it helps to know that I will get through this someday.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2020

Love the concept of the book. Too many filler words.. dragged.

As a motherless daughter I looked forward to listening to this book. I was very disappointed. It is as if the author had to write a book with a cartoon number of words and used way too many filler words. To the point that it became frustrating to listen to. It doesn’t flow well, it’s choppy. I was let down.

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  • S P
  • 15-10-2019

From the heart of a hurting daughter

Ty, this book is a gift-raw and yet so insightful. I’m losing my mom soon to cancer so reached for something I could relate to and your book hit the spot.
Thank you so much for your courage in sharing your journey so people like me could receive hope through your words and encouragement to carry on.
I’m so very sorry for your loss, yet so grateful you shared. May God richly bless you in the days to come 🙏🏼❤️

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  • Lisa Flint
  • 29-05-2020

Such an honest story of grief

I’m so grateful for this book. My mom passed 8 months ago from multiple myeloma. I, like many, have listened to so many books to help me through my immense grief and loss. This honest retelling of her loss and processing of grief resonated so much and the weight feels a little lighter after listening to it.

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  • Journie Peace
  • 09-04-2021

Healing in so many ways!! A MUST read for all of the Motherless daughters on this side of the parallel

Heaven stole my mom 8 years ago, October 25th, 2013; Diabetes was the host. I was 26 years old. So many words, and memories that Ty has about her mother, hit home in many ways for me. My mother (Brenda), was a calm, sensual, virtuous storm; my best friend. My mother transitioned at a time that I was just beginning to transition. I’m 34 now, and I can’t believe how much my life has changed since her death; how much growth I’ve attained. I know my mommy is proud of the woman that I’ve become, and still becoming. I’m who I am today, because of her. I know we’ll forever be connected. Rest in Healing mommy, love always, your baby girl. Thank you Ty Alexander, for your transparency, and for your guided strength.

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  • Tia
  • 01-04-2021

Just what I needed

I cried from beginning to end. THANK YOU for saying what I’ve been quiet about for a 1 year and 4 months. People don’t realize that what’s a moment for them is a lifetime for you.

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  • JANAE R.
  • 18-03-2021

No right answer

I really appreciated that she pointed out people saying, “I’m so sorry for your loss” isn’t the universal correct response that I feel like I’ve been exhaustively told. I believe she painted a very good picture throughout her story, that we all have different stories, and therefore different ways of handling things at different times. While there may be healthier ways to grieve and respond to others grief, nothing is universal, and what works one day is no guarantee it’ll work the next.

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  • R. Lemus
  • 17-03-2021

This was such a touching and helpful book!

I loved this book. I wish this would have been around when my dad passed away. But as my mom ages and I age I have such a huge fear of losing her and it becomes more and more. She is my rock. This just really made me re-evaluate and I can relate what she was saying to losing my dad he was my hero. I will be sharing this book with my loved ones.

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  • Ronda Sanders
  • 05-03-2021

Excellent book!

I loved this book. Ty is so relatable. I wish I would have read the book sooner.

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  • Melanie McFadden
  • 04-03-2020

Many truths I can recognise.

Bitter sweet, wonderful book. Depicts many similarities to my experiences when my Mum died.

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