That is so terribly sad!
I wonder if the mom realizes it didn't have to be that way - that she didn't have to do that??
I've three friends who've bf'd beyond a year now, after weaning before/at a year with their first bf'd babes - because of my example/gentle encouragement (they hadn't realized it was "ok" to go past a year the first time around). I know there are plenty of people who think that weaning has to look much like this, whether babe is 6 months, nine months, or 3 years of age .... and have no clue about CLW.
I wasn't able to make CLW work with Ina (pregnant with SJ, we intended CLW and tandem but I just became irrationally angry when Ina latched on, it was awful, we ended up doing gentle MLW instead) - and I felt the same emotions as the author of the article. The difference was, I really feel/felt that what we were doing would be best for Ina and me in the end - it was affecting our relationship all day long, not just while nursing, it was awful and I didn't want Ina to remember nursing the way I was feeling/acting during that time.
I do know Ina remembers nursing, and has positive memories (which really worried me given how I felt the last three months or so) - but I really hope that with SJ, we're able to just CLW; I guess it will depend on how pregnancy goes if we get pregnant while she is nursing.