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Kate Spencer lost her mom to cancer when she was 27. In The Dead Moms Club, she walks listeners through her experience of stumbling through grief and loss, and helps them to get through it, too. This isn't a weepy, sentimental story, but rather a frank, up-front look at what it means to go through gruesome grief and come out on the other side.

An empathetic listen, The Dead Moms Club covers how losing her mother changed nearly everything in her life: Both men and women listeners who have lost parents or experienced grief of this magnitude will be comforted and consoled. Spencer even concludes each chapter with a cheeky but useful tip for listeners (like the "It's None of Your Business Card" to copy and hand out to nosy strangers asking about your passed loved one).

©2017 Kate Spencer (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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  • Sandee
  • 06-01-18

Membership in The Dead Mom's Club

Two months plus two days ago I became a member of this club...also due to pancreatic cancer. A very supportive friend found this book for me. She said, "She's a comic. I think her style and perspective might work for you, esp as an initial foray. I hope so". She couldn't have been more right. I got the book in audio, I love it. It hit every emotion and thought I am experiencing. I thought this would help me get through the grief faster, but what I found most valuable is it has validated some of the, what I thought were, inappropriate or unusual thoughts and reactions I'd had. Thank you, and your mom, for this poignant yet comforting memoir, "yo go girl"!

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  • Suzanne Wyckoff
  • 21-03-18

Thank you Kate

This book put into words exactly how I have felt since May 2017, well actually before then when my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. My life has been turned up side down. Many of my feelings felt wrong or inappropriate. Now they feel normal and justified. I'm glad I'm not alone. I will be recommending this book to all members of the Dead Mom's Club that I know.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-12-18

Just what I needed

I get the title is The Dead Mom’s Club but it also totally applies to The Dead Dad’s Club too. I recently lost my father and this book was spot on. Very thoughtful, sweet and funny. 11 out of 10 would recommend!

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  • Sydney W
  • 07-11-18

it's okay.

I finished the whole book within a few weeks. I recently lost my mother to breast cancer, she was at the young age of 49, I am 25. The author spot on described what it is like to be at this age and watch your mom deteriorate. I saw a lot of similarities between my story and hers that is what kept me so intrigued. But one thing that left a bad taste, the overall feeling of this book felt like she was angry and negative about life. There is no faith in this book. HIGHLY reccomend if you DO NOT believe in God. My family and I, fortunately do have a very strong relationship with our religion and tend to look at the harsh reality of losing your mom in a different light. We will meet again..and she is at peace in heaven.

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  • M. Horikoshi
  • 01-11-18

Thank you for sharing your experience, Kate.

This book helped me. Just the validation of every emotion comes up to grief my mom helped me tremendously.

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  • Amy J. Dunton
  • 30-08-18

Amazing book

My mom passed July 24th 2018 and this book was very relatable to me... It was great to be able to connect with someone's experience.

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  • Schwartz
  • 26-08-18

This book was as if the author was reading my mind

This book was amazing. I would like to thank the author, she read my mind

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  • L.C. Graf
  • 02-07-18

Wonderfully funny and relatable

My mom died 15 years ago, but my lifelong friend's mom died just recently. I bought us both this book so we could read it together. And I'm so glad I did! My mom didn't die from cancer, and yet everything Kate wrote felt so real and true for me too. I loved the snarky endings to each chapter, with funny tips for the grieving that I still feel are true and usable. I loved Kate's narration and little things like "So if you're listening" (rather than reading) really make me enjoy an audiobook more. Kate is open and honest and feels like your best friend talking you through "the mother of all losses." This isn't an ordinary grief book, this is a necessary read for all members of the Dead Moms Club. You will laugh out loud, and you'll definitely shed a tear or two or more, like me, while listening.

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  • Caroline Stevens
  • 12-06-18

LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

Although I have not lost my mum yet, she is nearing the end of her life. I was looking for something to give me some peace as I am lucky and crazy enough to be her sole caregiver. This book made me laugh and cry all at the same time. It definitely gave me the "it's ok to feel this way " that I needed at just the time I needed it....perfect!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-18

Easy to lessen.

love the book, the writer is witty.
totally recommend, writer did an awesome job. You go Girl!!