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Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

Created: 06/03/12

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Posted Jun. 03, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
admin

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Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you? Why?


Posted Jun. 06, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
joyces

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RE: Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

I did not feel any of these were like my relationship with either my mother or my daughter and my mother lost her mom when she was only six so don't know much about that at all. I have to say that with both my Mom and my daughter I had/have a very close and honest give and take. Pretty much could chat about anything with my Mom and loved her company and it is the same with my daughter.


Posted Jun. 14, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
julie

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RE: Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

I was drawn more to the relationship between Iris and Sam than to any other mother daughter pairing in the story. I believe I found a certain resolution and loving contentment established betwee the two toward the end of the book as Iris chose Sam to be the facilitator to end her life and Sam reflected on her mother's earlier nuturing years. It became possible for Sam to open her life to other people and interests as she realized that she was not depriving her daughter of a loving mother.


Posted Jun. 19, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
raynat

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RE: Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

Iris and Sam, but for no personal reason. I am always intrigued by the assisted death question. I was a Hospice volunteer for many years but don't think I could assist anyone even though I believe there are times when it is necessary.


I identified with Caroline since I am also an adoptive mother. Although I didn't feel anything like her. I was ready to be a mother and took it on with a positive attitude. Also I don't approve of open adoption so I wouldn't like all the people in the story to be involved in our lives.

I loaned this book to several of my friends and they just said it was O.K. I liked the book and wanted to find out how they all interacted with each other even though I wouldn't like that for my life.
Posted Jun. 19, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lisag

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RE: Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

In my case it's Iris and Sam as well, mostly for the reasons Julie cited that toward the end the two enjoyed a sort of affinity.

Assisted suicide is a rather thorny issue. I'm personally for the concept but would find it difficult, I know, to carry out. But watching a person suffer, or prolonging a hopeless life, is far worse.

I'm intrigued Raynat was a hospice nurse and feels if would be impossible to carry out assissted death. Understandable, though. It carries with it loads of responsibility. Like "playing God " in a way. But I know I'd wish it if I were suffering. The Iris and Sam situation is a perfect example.


Posted Jun. 19, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
job

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RE: Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

I don't feel we knew the relationship with Violet and Iris at all. We only know a little about Iris and Sam's relationship at the end of Iris's life. There was detail with Violet and her mother and Sam and her daughter. None of these really resonated with me.


Posted Jun. 20, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
dhaupt

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RE: Which mother/daughter relationship resonated most with you?

I don't think either of the mother daughter relationships resonated with me as they are very different than the relationship I have with my own mother and i knew both of my grandmothers well also. but I hope that in the event that my own mother needed me at the end of her life that I would be able to be there for her


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