Press Release for “When Every Day Matters”


When Every Day Matters

By Mary Jane Hurley Brant

A Simple Abundance Press Original Trade Paperback

Publication Date: 10/1/08


ISBN 13: 978-0-9817809-0-0

300 Pages

Contact: Maureen O’Crean


When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life

Los Angeles, CA September 9, 2008

In its first release as an Independent Publisher, #1 New York Times publishing phenomenon and best selling author of Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach launches The Simple Abundance Press and opens the way for a voice in the silent world after the death of a child. In When Every Day Matters: A Mother’s Memoir on Love, Loss and Life, author and psychotherapist Mary Jane Hurley Brant chronicles the first year back to life after losing her daughter Katie Brant to brain cancer. Through the letters she wrote in her journal during and after Katie’s 10 year battle with an aggressive form of brain tumor, MJ provides the reader with reflections and advice on accepting the unacceptable trials of life.

“The Simple Abundance Press recognizes the need to bring comfort to those who are hurting through unique and powerful books that are often bypassed by traditional publishers looking for a mass market. When Every Day Matters is one of those books. Like Simple Abundance, which was labeled as a Woman’s book, meaning no publicity, it went on to sell 5 million copies. The insights of women who are first in line on life’s battlefield provide an invaluable service to those of us who follow,” explains Sarah Ban Breathnach, author turned publisher. “When Every Day Matters is a rare look into the hurting heart of mothers and families who have lost a child, whether by illness, war, murder, suicide, drunk drivers or accidents the toll is just the same. More importantly for those of us spared this indescribable loss, MJ teaches us how to approach, comfort and reassure those families that their child is not forgotten.”

MJ Hurley Brant is an authentic and courageous writer who shares how devastating it is to grieving families when their friends stop talking about their beloved child, as if by stepping over the obvious, the pain is lessened. MJ urges the families to find a way to speak about the unspeakable to each other and to honor the individual grieving process of each family member.

“Death may come to only one member of the family, but it is the whole family that dies and needs to be reborn in a new form. In honor of life’s process, it is the survivors who must carry on until they can find the light of day,” says MJ Hurley Brant, who encourages all of us to live through life’s tragedies.

MEDIA: For a review copy of When Every Day Matters and for interviews with MJ Hurley Brant and Sarah Ban Breathnach, please contact Maureen O’Crean at 310-379-9620 in Los Angeles.