Laura Davis Untangles Caring for a Parent Who Betrayed You  in the Past

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Laura Davis Untangles Caring for a Parent Who Betrayed You in the Past

November 1, 2022

Laura Davis Untangles Caring for a Parent Who Betrayed You in the Past

Laura Davis and her mother had a troubled relationship that began in her teenage years. It seems Laura did not live up to her mother’s expectations. They were often at war with each other and grew estranged over decades, finally coming to some sort of functional truce after Laura became a mother herself. When her mother was in her eighties and showing signs of cognitive decline, she surprised Laura by moving cross-country from her home in New Jersey to live near Laura and her family in California. Laura’s memoir, The Burning Light of Two Stars, tells her dramatic story of becoming caregiver to her mother who had betrayed her in the past. Her inspiring book is not only raw and honest but filled with compassion and forgiveness.

Laura is also the author of six other non-fiction books, including The Courage to HealAllies in Healing, I Thought We‘d Never Speak Again, and Becoming the Parent You Want to Be. Her groundbreaking books have been translated into 11 languages and sold 1.8 million copies.

In addition to writing books that inspire, the work of Laura’s heart is to teach. For more than twenty years, she’s helped people find their voices, tell their stories, and hone their craft. Laura loves creating supportive, intimate writing communities online, in person, and internationally. You can learn about Laura’s books and workshops, read the first five chapters of her memoir, and receive a free e-book: Writing Through Courage: A 30-Day Practice at

In this episode, we discuss mending broken relationships, caregiving for a loved one with dementia who has caused you great pain, and the healing power of writing.

After the podcast

Read Laura’s AlzAuthors post: Laura Davis Shares How She and Her Mother Recovered from an Embattled Relationship

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Laura recommends: Moving a Parent with Memory Loss by Laurie White and Beth Spencer

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