Losing Amma, Finding Home:
A Memoir About Love, Loss, and Life’s Detours

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Losing Amma, Finding Home: A Memoir About Love, Loss and Life’s Detours is a heartrending narrative of losing a parent, living through the pain and transforming it to discover one’s true calling and purpose.

When Uma arrives to start life in a Chicago suburb with her husband, 14-year-old daughter and her dreams in the spring of 2008, she has no clue of the cosmic wheels in motion. Barely four weeks later, her 68-year-old mother in India is diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Eight months later, she passes away. Losing her mother plunges Uma into the deepest despair, but more importantly, awakens a sudden clarity and knowing that ‘there has to be more to life than this.’

As she begins to navigate a new country and culture, she is also called on to navigate the lonely terrain of grief. As she seeks urgent answers to the big life questions–Who am I? Why am I here? What am I meant to do with this life?—she begins to find her way back to meaning and joy.

Interweaving two cultures through a textured narrative, this transformational memoir seeks to underscore the truth that pain can be turned into purpose.

“…A wise and powerful memoir of how the choices we make after a loss determine whether we shut down or open our hearts a little wider.” – Christina Rasmussen, Hay House author of Second Firsts: Live, Laugh and love Again

“An evocative and intimate story of a daughter who was bereft after her mother’s passing, but found the inspiration and courage to turn the pain of that loss into purpose.” – Christine Kloser, Spiritual Guide, Award-Winning Author and Transformation Catalyst


About the Author

Uma Girish is a Grief Guide, Dream Coach, Author, Speaker and
Bereavement Volunteer in a hospice. Her writing has been published in seven countries and several of her short stories
have won awards. Uma writes a blog called The Grammar of Grief
and hosts a weekly podcast by the same name.