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Hope Edelman, MA

Therapist, life coach, and grief and loss counselor

Hope Edelman, MA

Therapist, life coach, and grief and loss counselor


Hope Edelman is the internationally best-selling author of Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and the memoir The Possibility of Everything. Her therapy practice is centered on helping other women heal from the lifelong effects of early parent loss.

Her work has inspired more than 40 Motherless Daughters groups and annual luncheons worldwide, and she has developed and co-led Motherless Daughters Retreats with author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith since 2016.

Hope holds a master’s degree in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa, and has been teaching memoir writing for more than 20 years, most recently in the master’s of fine arts program at Antioch University, Los Angeles. Hope is also a Martha Beck-trained life coach specializing in grief and loss.

Her writing has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies ranging from the New York Times to Real Simple to She is an Alumni Fellow at the University of Iowa and an inductee in the Medill Hall of Achievement at Northwestern University, where she received her undergraduate journalism degree.


Upcoming Programs

Motherless Daughters

January 28-February 2, 2018
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

The mother-daughter bond is a primal one—losing it to death at a young age can be profoundly disruptive. Unable to grieve as children...