On life, loss, and love:
A chat with Dara Kurtz
Today I am chatting with Dara Kurtz – mother, podcaster, speaker, author, and breast cancer survivor. Dara’s newest book, I am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love, has just been released, and in the book and in this episode, Dara shares her story of losing her mother just two weeks after the birth of her first child. She grieved for many years and we talked about how that has impacted her in her work and as a mother. Years later Dara discovered letters her mother had written to her, and we talk about how this discovery gave her incredible insight into her grief, her relationships and her life.
This chat goes deep. Accepting loss is not an easy topic and Dara is passionate about sharing what she has learned, so that others might be able to process and heal through their own journey. Her perspective is joyful, uplifting and incredibly insightful.
When Dara Kurtz was twenty-eight years old, her mother died of cancer. This loss, and the loss of her grandmothers, was so painful that f or decades she was afraid to re-read their letters to her, which she kept in a Ziploc bag at the bottom of a drawer. Meanwhile, she went on with her life as a wife and mother—and a cancer survivor. One day, longing for contact with the strong women who had loved and raised her, she re-read the letters. They brought back beautiful family memories and taught her many life lessons; they caused her to reflect on the priceless love between mothers and daughters and how wisdom and traditions can be passed on from one generation to the next. Dara’s story inspires us to strengthen the bonds between mothers and daughters, to remember family traditions, to let go of the pain of loss, and to make the most of each day of our lives. Get I Am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love on Amazon now!