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Loss of Mother

I Stopped Celebrating Mother's Day

Michelle Matthews | Posted 05.04.2016 | Women
Michelle Matthews

May 13, 2007, was the last Mother's Day I celebrated, although I didn't know it at the time. I have a hard time recalling what we did. The memory, nine years later, clouded by the passage of time. That fall my Mother passed away from cancer. Her battle was over; mine was just starting.

Sunsets From Heaven -- A Message From My Mother

Melissa Heller Hoagland | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heller Hoagland

It's a little that way for us left behind here - she is gone, but our world is still illuminated by the traces of her presence left behind. And I smile as I picture her with God right now, pulling strings as a new arrival in heaven to get Him to paint the sky for us in a final gift.

To My Father On Mother's Day

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 04.25.2016 | Women
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

And over the past four years, since losing my mom, I've realized things about my dad I never knew before. He's funny. He's good. He's kind. And he's a great conversationalist and companion. I look forward to his phone calls every morning.

Surviving the Grief of Mothering Without a Mother

Erin Johnson | Posted 04.26.2016 | Parents
Erin Johnson

I know what it takes to be a mother and it's so very hard to walk this road without you. It's so much harder than the many tasks that go into taking care of kids.

Getting Through Mother's Day When You're a Motherless Daughter

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 05.07.2016 | Women
Jeryl Brunner

I'm grateful that Hope Edelman wrote her beautiful life-affirming book, Motherless Daughters. For more than two decades, she and her groundbreaking work have comforted countless women.

Remembering My Mother on Her 75th Birthday

Beth Cone Kramer | Posted 06.01.2015 | Women
Beth Cone Kramer

The emptiness and loss never leave us, but in time, our memories soothe us. When life gets hard, I wish I could call my mom. Instead, I think of what she'd say.

I Lost My Mother 9 Months Into My Pregnancy

Jacqui Zadik | Posted 05.12.2015 | Parents
Jacqui Zadik

Twelve days after my mom died, my son was born. I'll never know if my mom let go after I gave her "permission" to, but it's something that I think about often.

What Losing Your Mother Feels Like

Rachael Oakes-Ash | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Rachael Oakes-Ash

Losing a mother is like being on a ship that has lost it's ballast and is now at the mercy of the deepest ocean and all it holds within. I bob around without a foundation to bring me back to the same balanced spot each time, a spot I just can't get right.

What Two Sisters Have Learned From Losing Their Mother To Cancer... So Far

Alexandra Detwiler | Posted 02.08.2015 | Women
Alexandra Detwiler

Something that we learned early on is that people respond differently to the loss of a loved one. Some may want to openly discuss it, while others would prefer to deal with the loss internally.

How My Mom's Death Changed My Definition of Family

Rachael Rifkin | Posted 01.26.2015 | Women
Rachael Rifkin

When I'm shopping and I see something she might like, I think about how much she loved chocolate and the color turquoise. And how strange it is to know that I won't be buying her anything anymore.

Going to the Doggy Darkside

Mel Miskimen | Posted 12.23.2014 | Fifty
Mel Miskimen

I was in Target, and there it was, hanging on an aisle end cap, among the polyester brides, wiener dog buns and puggalicious sunflowers -- a black and white padded football jersey, number 00, Wide Retriever on the back in big white letters. I couldn't. I shouldn't. But... come on...

Losing My Mother Inspired Me to Help Others -- Like You

Ellevate | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women

We plan for the birth of a child, for our children's weddings and for our retirements, don't we? Then why don't we plan for one of life's greatest transitions?

A Letter to Melissa Rivers

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 11.08.2014 | Women
Alexandra Rosas

It was while watching Melissa Rivers co-host a red carpet event with her mother, Joan Rivers, that I first recognized the look on Melissa's face as her mother spoke.

Since You've Been Gone

S. Isabelle Harounian | Posted 10.22.2014 | Women
S. Isabelle Harounian

until our eyes meet again, dearest mother, until I am where you are -- above, beyond and over the clouds -- until then, know your heart beats in mine.

The Lesson I Learned Only After Losing My Mother

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 07.25.2014 | Fifty
Alexandra Rosas

Children never wonder why there is food on the table, or why they have coats and boots to keep their feet dry in the winter. We think a house with heat comes by magic. It isn't until adulthood, when we're parents ourselves in a dual-income family with half the children that my mother had, that we wonder in disbelief, how did she do it all and alone?

What I Want My Kids To Know About My Long-Gone Mom

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.06.2014 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

I lost my mother and very best friend in 1996, when I was 33 years old. In some ways I miss her more now than I did all those years ago.

We Never Got Along -- So Why Do I Miss Her So Much

Wendy Litner | Posted 07.02.2013 | Women
Wendy Litner

I grew up resenting my mother, wanting so much to sever the strings that had me dance against my will as she plucked at them, up and down, to audiences' delight. But now that she's gone, I find myself desperately searching for a substitute hand to move me about my life.

First Motherless Mother's Day -- Not

Larry Ross | Posted 07.13.2012 | Fifty
Larry Ross

This will be the first Mother's Day of my life without my mother physically, but she'll be with me in spirit.