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Without My Mum – Book

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‘Perhaps the only thing that can impact and shape a woman’s life with the same power as her mother’s love and guidance is her mother’s death. In Without My Mum, Leigh Van Der Horst shares her own honest, heartfelt story of losing her beloved mother to cancer in 2008. She invites us on a journey that is at times heartbreaking and others heartwarming, yet is ultimately comforting and inspiring. With genuine warmth and candor, Leigh tells of her transformative passage through devastating grief to rediscover and redefine her own identity.

Without My Mum reveals the sisterhood amongst motherless mothers. Featuring stories from mothers around the world, Without My Mum offers resounding reassurance that no motherless mother is ever alone. Leigh Van Der Horst further reaches out to her motherless ‘sisters’ supported by contributions of motherly wisdom from a collection of encouraging mothers world wide together with a host of inspiring popular personalities such as Jools Oliver, Lisa Wilkinson, Megan Gale, Amanda de Cadenet and Natalie Bassingthwaighte.

The motherless mother’s heart needs to know that she can and will move through grief to reclaim a fulfilling, grateful and loving life. Without My Mum addresses this need by providing a definitive source of emotional and practical resources specifically for women dealing with the loss of their mum.’

 

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 “A wonderful book that captured my heart in the first few paragraphs. ‘Without My Mum’ is a moving account of a beautiful, close relationship between a mother and her treasured daughter as they are forced to say goodbye. Leigh’s candid, humorous and heartfelt narrative, together with a collection of stories and wisdom from others who have walked a similar path, are authentic, uniting and ultimately inspiring. It’s a laugh-out-loud, sob-a-little-uncontrollably kind of book that will resonate with any parent or carer. I adored it!’ – Jools Oliver.

“I cant sing the praises of this gorgeous mum enough. The courage and inspiration to write such a beautiful book.. I am so thankful to be a part of it. For those who have lost their mum and are forging ahead as a mum on your own, this is truly a must have book.” – Natalie Bassingthwaighte

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‘Without My Mum’ – Reader Reviews..

 

“Love is an understatement… It is being woven into my soul with each page I read. Thank you for your authenticity… Thank you for creating a space that honours grief and gives it the power to transform into gratitude. Thank you!!!” – Patrycja

“Every time I read your words, I find myself completely immersed.  I relate to your story.  I cry, I smile, I feel it take me back to the time my Mum was as ill as yours was.   It hurts sometimes…but its wonderful. Wonderful because it is so apparent that we are all the same. When we grieve we all hurt the same, we all feel lonely, we all miss our Mums and the love we shared.
You have done a marvelous thing Leigh.  Just imagine all your books…on coffee tables, by bedsides, in handbags, all being picked up and read over and over, all making someone feel a little better in their loneliness or grief”. – Julie

“I can’t put your book down. You have had me smiling and in tears. Thank you so much for sharing. My mum passed away 9 years ago and this is helping the healing process. I really appreciate it.  Thank you”. – Michelle

“I read more of your book today. I cried, and cried, and cried for your Mum and for you. After taking some deep breaths I snuck into my babes’ room to watch them sleep, then walked outside to feel the grass on my feet and the sun on my face. For the first time, in a long time, I stopped spinning in circles and found myself living in the moment. And I was grateful. Truly -with every fibre of my being- grateful. Thank you”. – Rebecca

“I finally finished the book and words can’t describe how much comfort it brings me knowing that others think, feel and have thought the same as me. I’ve had so many people tell me I shouldn’t be feeling like this after 7 years and I have (and still do at times) felt so alone. THANK YOU for sharing your journey Leigh”. – Fiona

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46 comments

Rianna December 1, 2014 at 10:12 am

I would love a copy of your book. Cant wait ti read it.

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Leigh Van Der Horst December 2, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Thanks hun, I cant wait to share it!!!!! xxxx

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Emma December 18, 2014 at 6:01 am

Having lost my mum to cancer in 2011 at the age of 22, I am very much looking forward to the release of your book in Jan!! xx

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Leigh Van Der Horst December 24, 2014 at 2:10 am

Im very much looking forward to sharing it xxxxxx

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Leeann stapleton January 11, 2015 at 8:19 pm

I lost my beautiful and brave mum on 31st January last year. I am a mum of 2 who is hugely missing the love and care of a mother.
I believe this book could give me a little helping hand x

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Leigh Van Der Horst January 14, 2015 at 10:23 am

I really hope it does hun. Im so sorry that you lost your mum. I believe that you will gain a lot from this book xxx

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Claire January 11, 2015 at 10:28 pm

Heard about your book today through Jools Oliver Instagram. I lost my Mum in 2008. I am looking forward to reading your book x

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Leigh Van Der Horst January 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

I hope you love it. So glad Jools directed you my way xxxxx

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Stephanie January 12, 2015 at 1:48 am

I lost my mom, who is also my best friend, to cancer just a year ago. We were extremely close and everyday without her brings pain to my heart. It has been especially hard the last few days and I just came across your book. I don’t think it could have come at a better time and I look forward to reading it. Will you be releasing it as an ebook as well? Much love xx

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Leigh Van Der Horst January 14, 2015 at 10:20 am

Hi Stephanie,
Im so sorry you lost your mum hun, its just the toughest journey. I am glad you have stumbled on my book. It will be released on January 29th and yes, it will be available as an e-book. I really hope it helps you to feel connected to others in the same stage of life. Much love xxxx

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Rachel January 18, 2015 at 11:02 am

Cannot wait until your book is released, after losing my mum at the age of 16 in 2007 I am now getting to the stages in life where I think – who am I going to go to with questions about pregnancy, motherhood, getting married and being a wife!? This book seems to be very suited to my feelings. Thankyou. X

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Leigh Van Der Horst January 18, 2015 at 1:17 pm

I cant wait to share it Rachel. It will certainly comfort you xxx

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Vicki | Style On V January 29, 2015 at 9:25 am

W O W! Congratulations. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy. Well done on this fabulous achievement. V x

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Leigh Van Der Horst January 30, 2015 at 11:27 am

Thank you so much Vicki! I’m very excited!! xx

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Natalie Rizzo February 2, 2015 at 4:29 am

I just received your book in the mail. Very excited to receive some inspiration after losing my mother to pancreatic cancer in 2009 when I was only 16 and my brother only 7. Thank you for writing this book for all the motherless daughters out there!

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Leigh Van Der Horst February 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

Thank you so much. I am so thrilled that you like it xx

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Christina David February 3, 2015 at 12:59 am

Read about your book @joolsoliver and am looking forward to reading it. Is it available internationally. I am in Singapore.

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Leigh Van Der Horst February 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

Hi, thank you. It is available on Amazon, so yes, world wide xxx

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Heather Craig February 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm

My mother died from multiple sclerosis when I was 10 weeks pregnant. I am due April 2015. Thankfully she knew she was expecting her first grandchild.

To say I feel lost without her advice, wise words and support is an understatement. I am looking forward to reading this book and feel it’s timing couldn’t be better at a time where there is not many people who can relate to the pain.
Thank you.

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Leigh Van Der Horst February 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

I’m so sorry Heather. I hope you feel her strength more and more each day though. I truly hope that you gain some comfort from my book. I wish you all the best for your impending birth. Your mum will be with you xxxxx

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Charlotte February 8, 2015 at 8:43 pm

Just ordered your book and really looking forwad to reading it! I lost my mum in 2010 i had got married 5 weeks previous. I now i have a 2 year old and expecting again i so often have questions for my mum going through this new phase of being a mother and a wife, i really hope your book can give me
Some comfort

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Leigh Van Der Horst February 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm

I truly hope my book brings you lots of comfort and strength hun. Thank you so much for purchasing it. You will love the section on newborns in the final part of my book! I wish you all the best with your pregnancy, take care of yourself xxxx

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Roisin February 18, 2015 at 10:47 am

One of my goals this year was to read a book n i have just found it. I lost my mum to bowel cancer in 2011 n went through the painful journey of loosing her. We got married quickly two weeks before she past.
I miss her greatly n have such a void in my life with out her. I look forward to reading yr book.

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Leigh Van Der Horst February 24, 2015 at 2:17 am

That is a great goal! I really hope you like my book hun, I too lost my mother to bowel cancer. All my love xxxxx

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Casandra June 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

I lost my mum 30 years ago when i was 9 years old. It never gets any easier but hopefully reading your book will encourage me to keep doing as i do xx

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Leigh Van Der Horst July 11, 2016 at 9:40 am

I hope it helps you hunny xxx

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Petra Svab July 26, 2015 at 6:24 pm

I lost my beautiful mother due to cancer 5 month ago. I had 15 month with my mum. Every time I look at the grief books which it is not right for me then sudden found your book when I am in Byron bay yesterday and I read your book and it is perfect for me and can related with your experience with your mum. I do not have any children on my own but when I read your experience journey with your mum. It is good to know that I am not only one and I am not crazy person myself.
I was prepared myself for 15 months with mum but when she gone, it has impacted me and realised how powerful mum can influence in my life. So thank you so much for wonderful book. I think book can be for anyone who lost their mum if they don’t have their own children. Well done. Petra

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Leigh Van Der Horst September 10, 2015 at 2:49 pm

Thank you so much Petra, Lots and lots of love hun xxxx

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Fiona May 15, 2016 at 10:22 pm

Not to sound morbid or anything, i am actually considering buying this book for my beautiful 4 year old son. I was diagnosed with brain cancer when our Sweet baby was just 3 months old. I’d enjoyed a great pregnancy and had run a fulls marathon and several half marathons the years prior to falling preGnant. I’D also learnt a Foreign language and written a thesis In that language in just 3 years, while my husband was stationed in that foreign country, the year before! I was Told by the neurosurgeon that he couldn’t Operate on my “enormous” tumor & That i could expect to live another 12 months. Well, i’m a fighter (and a talker; in case you couldn’t tell!) and determined right then and there that i was: a) Going to fight this brain cancer with all my might; b) that i would be the mother to raise our baby and not another woman; c) that i would get second and third Opinions (which i thankfully did and was blessed to Have aN awake brain tumor “debulking” surgery, which removed approx 70% of the tumor. Endless months of chemo; radiation to the brain and 2 More brain surgeries, i feel great and ran another half marathon end of 2015 and have no plans to leave my hubby and son any time soon. I am however a reAlist and so this is a “just in case” book for our son, especially considering how young he is. Although i do plan to be at his GradUation from uni! Anyway, we’ve moved to the usa, so aDvice on how i could purchase your book in the usa would be Most welcome. We have (and love!) amazon prime. I saw that your kindle version is there; i was just wondeRing whether you planned to sell the hard copy there as well.

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Leigh Van Der Horst July 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

Wow! You have sure been through alot!! I hope life treats you much kinder hun. Maybe take a look at a smaple, I’m not sure if this book would be suitable or not for your son.. You sound like a seriously inspiring women, I wish you all the best! xxx

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Teresa May 20, 2016 at 5:39 am

Do you by chance sell books to the united states? I would love to read your book. I lost my mom 3 months ago to cancer and I feel like your book will help me with the grieving process and not make me feel so alone about her loss. thank you.

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Leigh Van Der Horst July 11, 2016 at 9:43 am

Hi Teresa, the book is available online in the USA. Not in bookstores yet unfortunately xxx

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Victoria Norris September 23, 2016 at 8:03 am

Will it be available in paperback in the UK?

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Leigh Van Der Horst October 8, 2016 at 10:09 pm

Hi Vicky,
I really hope so one day. At this stage, there are no plans. It can be purchased from Amazon in the UK xxxx

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Carmel January 12, 2017 at 9:47 am

Hi Leigh,
I had a close friend who has lost her mother recommend I read your book. I lost my mother to Liver Diesea 2.5 months ago. She went so suddenly we thought we had another year with her. The hardest thing for me was losing her 5 weeks after I had my baby girl. She so desperately wanted me to have a girl when she found out I was pregnant in Feb last year. I feel completely lost without her and although I have great friends and a strong family support I just miss talking to her and hearing her voice. I havent dreamt of her for more than a month and it is killing me. I look forward to reading your book and gettinf through this tough time in my life

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Leigh Van Der Horst January 13, 2017 at 10:03 pm

I’m so sorry you have had to go through the loss of your mother hun. I am sure it is a very tough time, especially with a newborn!! It takes quite some time to feel normal, please do take things nice and slow. You will dream of her again, I have no doubt. Have you joined my private FB group? It might help (https://www.facebook.com/groups/507781699335748/) I hope my book helps you also. Lots of love hun xxxxxx

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