The Last Pilgrimage

My Mother's Life and Our Journey to Saying Goodbye
Author(s): Linda Daly
Original Publish Date: May 01, 2013
Product Number: EB00650304
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781619022140
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
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A daughter recalls her last years with her mother in a "gorgeous love story and spiritual travelogue . . . a wonderfully written, funny, and fantastic memoir" (Jamie Lee Curtis). Linda Daly's mother Nancy was a highly regarded figure in Los Angeles' cultural and philanthropic arenas—until a stage four pancreatic cancer diagnosis changed everything. In the face of a relentless illness, mother and daughter began a four-year roller-coaster ride through traditional western treatments and the untested boundaries of alternative medicine. After pursuing the dubious practices of a Brazilian faith healer, Nancy, Linda, and her siblings embarked on a final road trip home from New York to Los Angeles in a rented, unruly RV. What Linda learned on their final pilgrimage shines a light on an issue faced by many adult children: how to help those who gave you life face the end of their own. The Last Pilgrimage is Linda's love letter to her mother, proof that the end of life can offer a peaceful and comforting farewell. It's the story of how she realized that closeness to God and being a part of something larger than one's self is something achievable anywhere . . . even within the confines of an RV. "A vivid and loving portrait of Nancy Daly, painted by her daughter's unflinching, touching, and warmly humorous reflections." —Jamie Lee Curtis "This is a beautiful book . . . A wonderful testament to the power of love." —Marianne Williamson "A daughter's tender tribute to a remarkable mother." —Kirkus Reviews "Daly offers a beautifully written and compelling account of a struggle with illness." —Booklist

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