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Living WIthout Liesl | Biography

Douwleen Bredenhann


How long does it take a mother to come to terms with the murder of her young daughter?

On 26 February 1988, a Friday night, Douwleen Bredenhann fetched her oldest daughter Liesl from ballet class and started preparing the family’s favourite supper of thick-crusted pizza. Liesl went outside to feed the new puppy. Moments later the family was shattered by the discovery of her body in their previously peaceful, suburban backyard.

This is the true story of how Douwleen and her family began the long, slow process of learning to live with tragedy.

Heartbreaking, searing in its unflinching honesty, this family’s story will not let you go.

Also available in Afrikaans as ’n Hemelhoë hekkie.

“Real, sober, yet incredibly powerful” – author Maretha Maartens


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Living without Liesl
Elsabè Ferreira (Health24.com)


The author takes you to the core of her pain – pain caused by the loss of her child.

You have to admire her courage to go back into her pain to pin down the event that took place in their own backyard that day her beloved daughter was so fiercely snatched from life. Your heart gets ripped out when you realise your child is dead.

One cannot relate to the pain a parent must go through when a child is so horribly murdered. It took her two decades to work through her trauma, pain and questions to bring it all together in a book that touches the heart and soul.

The repercussions of that selfish deed affected hundreds of people all over South Africa and brought with it issues even in the Christian community. Her faith in a God of love wavered and she later had to challenge her beliefs and emotions. She came to the conclusion that even if you are a believer, a child of God, there is no guarantee that evil will not happen to you.

Could she find it in her heart to forgive the young perpetrator?

The raw honesty of the author's pain make this book a read for all.

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Living WIthout Liesl | Biography

Author: Douwleen Bredenhann
Category: Biography
ISBN: 9780624048329
Date Released: 26 April 2010
Price (incl. VAT): R 220.00
Format: Soft cover, 176pp

About this author

Douwleen Bredenhann

Douwleen Bredenhann was born in Windhoek, Namibia on 19 September 1954. She grew up in Port Elizabeth, Windhoek and the Northern Cape. She studied art in...