The Dead Moms Club by Kate Spencer

The Dead Moms Club

Kate Spencer lost her mom to cancer when she was 27. In The Dead Moms Club, she walks readers 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 read, The Dead Moms Club covers how losing her mother changed nearly everything in her life: ...

Details The Dead Moms Club

TitleThe Dead Moms Club
Release DateNov 21st, 2017
PublisherSeal Press
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Reviews The Dead Moms Club

  • Melissa
    I've always thought it so interesting and peculiar that eventually every human will experience loss and grief, yet it is such a unique and personal experience. And again, people read nonfiction and memoirs about how to deal with loss, yet one person's coping mechanisms may be the exact opposite of what you need.Which brings me to this book. I am a part of this club, and my experience has been so very different than the author's. Which, obviously,...
  • Sue
    Unfortunately, I am a new member in this club and I ordered Kate's book to try to find some ideas about dealing with my grief. Because the situations were very different, parts of the book didn't resonate with me but there were other parts that were very meaningful.The author has divided the book into different sections - example - Breaking the News, Holidays, Being Motherless and at the end of each section she has ideas of how to handle certain ...
  • Liz Gray
    A warning to potential readers: don’t start this book unless you have time to finish it in one or two sittings. It’s that good. Spencer writes in an engaging, self-deprecating and chatty style about a topic that most of us will experience in our lives, and her observations are heart-felt and true. You never “get over” your mother’s death, nor does your mother ever leave you. Learning to live with the tension between those two realities ...
  • Susannah
    To be totally honest, I know Kate IRL (brag) and read an early draft of this book (double brag) so you can take this review with NO grains of salt because, girl, I can be objective. This is a really funny, moving, vulnerable memoir about the biggest, worst loss in Kate’s life, and all the smaller, but still devastating moments of loss that have followed in the years since. It’s also about hope and healing and friendship and family and weirdos...
  • Lisa
    This book wasn't what I expected. I wanted it to go deep, but instead it read like an extremely privileged girl's life experiences with passages like: 'You know those asshole kids who have Christmas presents stacked so high they touch the top of the tree? That's us' or 'I grew up spending summers on a tiny lake in New Hampshire, which was as idyllic as it sounds.' About how her mother bought her everything she couldn't afford 'just because'. She ...
  • Meghan Pluimer
    I wanted to love this book. I lost my mom around the same age as the author and I eagerly ordered it and read it immediately. Unfortunately I did not personally connect with the author’s style. I felt much of the book that she was trying too hard to keep it light and insert jokes because the topic is so heavy, and accordingly the tone didn’t feel natural to me. There were parts that did resonate with me, particularly her chapter on wanting yo...
  • Kimberly Burkett
    I recommend this book to anyone who has lost someone close to them, or anyone who loves someone going through this kind of loss. I discovered the author through an article she wrote and enjoyed it so much I went looking for more. Kate Spencer offers great insight into the grieving process, combined with practical and humorous advice for anyone hoping to be a better support system for their grieving loved ones. I finished the book in one day becau...
  • Ashley Austrew
    I am not a member of The Dead Mom’s Club, yet this book drew me in from the very first page. In this book, Kate Spencer is warm and funny, she’s vulnerable, and most importantly, she’s honest. She tackles the experience of grief by holding nothing back, and the result is a powerful reading experience that leaves you feeling like you understand love, loss, and life just a little bit better.
  • Megan
    This book is so so wonderful. I’m not a part of the club, but I think it serves up universal advice about understanding and coping with grief and how to support others as they work through it. It is also somehow VERY funny - just when you start tearing up, Kate offers up a line that will have you giggling.
  • Chris Leroux
    Kate is very good at injecting just the right amount of humor into an intensely personal and tragic story. There's practical wisdom and guidance here that should inspire countless people grieving similar losses. (3.5 out of 5)