Best Little Girl Says Good-Bye: A Therapist Grieves

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In 1942, the mother of "the best little" five year old committed suicide. Never having fully mourned her mother's death and forbidden to express her feelings, Blanche Goodwin decided to heal herself-45 years later. Through this unique and informal collection of letters and personal thoughts, The Best Little Girl Says Goodbye opens an old chapter of Ms. Goodwin's life, reveals the secret of suicide, and begins an emotional journey, allowing to take the time to care for herself.

Blanche Goodwin's writing is fluid and very personal. In the style of a journal entry, it is also very candid. The author is able to speak to her lost mother, other family members, and friends through her letters, letting herself formally grieve her loss and confront her family's years of denied feelings.

The Best Little Girl Says Goodbye has enabled the author to let go of a legacy of shame, secrecy, and pain-the extra baggage for all who lose someone to suicide. Truly an inspiration to all who have experienced loss, this book will teach others how to grieve in a positive way.

About the Author:

A family therapist and licensed clinical social worker, Blanche Goodwin has taken this opportunity to heal herself in The Best Little Girl Says Goodbye. Born and raised in a residential area of Flushing, New York, Ms. Goodwin's early education was in New York City Public Schools. She received her Bachelor's degree in psychology from Queen's College in 1957.

In 1958, Ms. Goodwin married and moved to Connecticut. While raising three children, the author filled her spare time in community service leadership positions and has received numerous awards and honors. She is a member of several organizations including the National Association of Social Work (N.A.S.W.), the National Organization of Women (N.O.W.), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Blanche Goodwin continued her education and in 1979 received her master's degree in social work (M.S.W.) from the University of Connecticut. Prior to opening her own practice in 1982, she headed a children's "day treatment" program for a local guidance center. In 1981, the author appeared on "Good Morning America" discussing her work with children and school phobia, and was a guest lecturer at the American Association of Suicidology national convention in 1991.

Ms. Goodwin has devoted her life to helping others and currently loves in Norwalk, Connecticut with her husband Philip.

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