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I am a wife (married to my high school sweetheart), mother of three grown sons, a management consultant, a motherless daughter, and an accidental author who never wanted to write this book that wrote itself.

Background Information

My book, an account of my last year with my terminally ill and eternally wonderful mother, essentially wrote itself in the weeks of intense grief following her death in September 2009. Chapters poured out of me at all hours of the day and night, flowing directly from a broken heart to a blank page. I finished the manuscript in less than two months – in time to give it to my father for Christmas, his first without his wife and sweetheart of 52 years. It is a story I never wanted or expected to tell, but now that it’s written, I am happy to keep my mother’s legacy of love and her joyful, generous spirit alive through its pages.

I (as well as my father and siblings) have appreciated hearing from people who’ve read the book, been moved by it, and taken the time to let me know. I have heard from other motherless daughters, from women and men in the “sandwich generation” going through or anticipating the process of losing a parent and needing reassurance, from people who knew my mother, from people who wish they had, from bereavement counselors and hospice nurses who say my family’s experience and the telling of our story will help them in their work, from pastors and professors… My mother would be so pleased that, as an unintended consequence and unexpected benefit of my having written the book, our story – now that it has been published – is, among other nice things, connecting strangers through shared memories or experiences, rekindling old friendships, and even sparking new ones.

The writing and sharing of my story helped me come to terms with the pain and permanence of my loss. It is my hope that those who read it will be helped as well, inspired by my mother’s example and by my family’s determination to enjoy life while anticipating death.



2013 Indie Excellence Book Awards finalist
2012 Nautilus Silver Award
2012 Living Now Book Award gold medal
2012 Readers Favorite silver medal
2011 Reader Views Literary Award 1st-place in two categories
The Life Journeys Award for Best Memoir or Biography

Additional Information

Please be sure to check out reader reviews on, my web site, and the facebook fan page. You'll find descriptions of the book that I hope will tempt you -- for example: "unforgettable," "needs to be read," "positively inspiring," "very moving," "poignant," "heartbreaking and heartwarming," "truly extraordinary," and "an excellent pick."

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When All That's Left of Me Is Love: A Daughter's Story of Letting Go
This story born of death is full of life. Linda Campanella's emotional account of her last year with her terminally ill mother is an uplifting portrait of livign, loving, believing, and letting go. It is a celebration of the special bond between mothers and daughters, a touching love story, a spiritual journey, a poetry lesson, and even a case for happy hour. This heartwarming story of a daughter's undying love for her dying mother, who loved with her last breath and beyond, will move not only those who face or fear death, but also those who love and embrace life.


Mother's Presence In A Bird's Flight, A Perfume's Scent
I wrote this piece for Mother's Day 2012 and it was published in The Hartford Courant.

Interview with HLN's Dr. Drew
HLN's Dr. Drew and I talk about terminal illness, joyful and purposeful living, dignified and peaceful dying, hospice and compassionate healthcare, and moving through grief to gratitude.

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