The Surviving Child

The Surviving Child: Living With My Mother’s Grief is a moving memoir written by Marilyn about a tragic accident that changed her family forever.

It begins in a mental hospital and reaches back to the dance hall where Marilyn’s parents met in the aftermath of The Great Depression, the potato farm where tragedy took their oldest son, and the little house on Iona Street where Marilyn struggled to live with her mother’s mental illness.

It’s the story of a little girl’s loneliness and confusion in the midst of her mother’s grief, and her own struggle with depression as an adult.

It’s not until she sees her mother in a dream after her death that Marilyn finally understands the sacrifice her mother made for her.

The Surviving Child: Living With My Mother’s Grief is a moving story of hope for those affected by depression—their own or another’s.