Martha Whitmore Hickman (December 9, 1925 – January 17, 2015), a well-known American author of the so-called self-help books, was born and grew up in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Her parents were George Whitmore and Ruth Carr Whitmore. Martha was a Christian, and that significantly influenced her writing, mission and life goals.
Martha W. H. went to a local school and graduated from the Mount Holyoke College in 1947 with a Bachelor degree. Then she moved with her family to Pennsylvania and spent some years in Nashville before moving to Los Altos in 2006. On graduation in 1947 she found a job as an assistant and editor at American Baptist Publication Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
She worked there till 1950 and in 1951 she started working as a teacher at Lincoln St. Nursery School New Heaven in Connecticut, United States. But Martha Whitmore Hickman didn’t work there long as she left in 1952.
From 1974 to 1980 she worked as an Information specialist at United Methodist Church. And all that time she was cherishing a dream of becoming a freelance writer. Finally, in 1980 she made it – she left her job to become a freelance writer and inspirer and healer for many in grief.
Martha’s best known book, for sure, is Healing After Loss, a set of meditations for people dealing with grief. It is a wonderful book, full of meditation instructions and other practices to work through grief and providing comfort for its readers.
It is a classic Book of Books for those, who have suffered the loss of their loved ones and want to get back to life. In other words, Healing After Loss is a chicken soup for soul.
Martha Whitmore Hickman was the author of more than twenty other books, such as essays, fiction and even children’s books.
The most well-known of the published ones are: The Growing Season, Fullness of Time, and I Will Not Leave You Desolate.
Her children’s books are: And God Created Squash, When Andy’s Father Went to Prison, and Eeps Creeps, and It’s My Room.
Martha was a member of Chair Citizens for Clark & Dilworth, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Also, a member of Society Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Authors Guild, and Phi Beta Kappa (since her University years).
She was not only active in social life, but also had great sense of humor, and it helped her to build strong and close relationships with many people. She was also very active in many church and community pursuits.
As for her hobbies in personal life and spare time – reading, travel, knitting, and painting were her passion.
Martha Whitmore Hickman was married to Hoyt Leon Hickman, and they spent many years together. She and her husband had four children: Peter, John, Stephen, and Mary.
Together they suffered the loss of their beloved 16-year-old daughter in a horse-riding accident. That tragic fact inspired Hickman to write her bestseller – Healing After Loss.
Her books helped many people to find peace of mind and cope with difficult life stages. Martha Whitmore H. died peacefully at the age of 89 in California, but her writing and message to people are still alive.