Mothers Day After Loss



Mother’s Day is tomorrow and while I love the holiday it has never been something my husband puts a lot of thought into. Every couple of years my son and I share the day as he was born on Mother's Day. This Mother's Day I will be thinking about a mom in town who buried her son yesterday. I don't know her but I know him and many members of his family. Based on how I am feeling at this tragic loss I can only imagine what she is going through.  For her and many moms this holiday isn't an easy one which is why I want to mention a new book called Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal by  Dr. Louise Stanger – a clinical social worker, professor, author, and intervention specialist for more than 30 years – has personal and professional experience on being a single mother, widow, and losing a child. 
Her husband died suddenly when she was in her forties, leaving her alone to parent her three daughters.  This came after her son passed away from SIDS – an excruciating loss.  Nevertheless, she persevered through these incredible hardships and went on to make her life’s work about helping others.  

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 Her remarkable story highlights her motivational message of renewal and transformation, which she shares with the world in her new book FALLING UP: A Memoir of Renewal. She provides inspiring insights and lessons that prove that no matter the odds, you can not only survive, but thrive.
 Dr. Louise Stanger, Ed.D, LCSW has successfully conducted hundreds of family interventions throughout the United States.  The professor, clinician, trainer, and lecturer is the author of a new book, Falling Up: A Memoir of Renewal.


Her work has been featured in The Huffington Post, Journal of Alcohol Studies, Recovery View, Sober Way, and many other scholarly publications.

She has over three decades of experience as a college professor, a researcher who accumulated over five million dollars in government grants, and a licensed clinician working with families and individuals who experience substance abuse and mental health disorders.  For more information regarding her intervention processes, please consult: www.allaboutinterventions.com.

Dr. Stanger received her Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, Masters in Social Work from San Diego State College, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of San Diego. She has served as faculty at San Diego State University School of Social Work and SDSU Interwork Institute, as well as the Director of Alcohol and Drug Services at the University of San Diego.

The San Diego Business Journal listed Dr. Stanger as one of the Top 10 “Women Who Mean Business” and Quit Alcohol named her as one of the Top 10 Interventionists in the country in December of 2013.  Foundations Recovery Network – at their 2014 Moments of Change Conference held in West Palm Beach – proclaimed Dr. Stanger as the Fan Favorite Speaker

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