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Motherless Daughters

Resurrecting Our Dead Mothers

Psyched in San Francisco | Posted 05.27.2016 | Women
Psyched in San Francisco

I sometimes feel like the creature, alone and wandering, lost without a mother; and sometimes like Dr. Frankenstein, who tried so hard to deny a feeling he could not feel and a reality he could not accept. In doing so, he created a monster he could not tolerate.

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.

Every Mother's Day I Ask for the Same Thing. But I Never Get It.

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 05.01.2016 | Women
Eileen O'Connor

Every Mother's Day I get asked what I want. I have the same request year after year. Yet I never get it. All I want is to spend Mother's Day with my mom. Just one more time.

Unhappy Motherless Day

Eileen O'Connor | Posted 04.29.2016 | Women
Eileen O'Connor

Mother's Day is one of the happiest days of the year. The weather is usually gorgeous. Everyone gets up early to spend the day with mom. Beautiful ...

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.

Between Birth and Death

Leeat Granek, Ph.D. | Posted 02.04.2017 | Women
Leeat Granek, Ph.D.

"Baby Boom" is a reality television program that follows couples as they come into the hospital to have their babies. I watch the show religiously, an...

Reflections of a Motherless Mother

Tracy Brown Hamilton | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Tracy Brown Hamilton

I navigated my 20s and 30s without a mom. I graduated from university, started a career, lived in several states and countries, went to graduate school, got married and divorced and married again, went to graduate school again, had three children. And she doesn't know any of this.

On Being a Mom Without a Mom

Kristina Cowan | Posted 05.13.2016 | Parents
Kristina Cowan

I saw no silver lining in my mom's young death. She was 46 and I was 15. It ushered in my life, 2.0, a time when I came to view the world through catastrophe-colored lenses -- something with which I still struggle.

For Mom on Mother's Day 'Ode to Peggy Coyne'

Chef Rossi | Posted 05.08.2016 | Fifty
Chef Rossi

I learned a lot from Peggy Coyne. Peggy was the CIA of sample sales, the Lois Lane of letters -- small town, simple and lethal.

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.

Mother's Day And Navigating The Sorrow/Joy Line With Grace

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 05.06.2016 | Women
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

To ask friends "What does it feel like to have a baby inside of you?" "Does birth hurt?" "What is it like to breastfeed?" makes me realize that I'm no longer the master of anything. I am the student. They have surpassed me.

If Only Mother's Day Were Every Day

Liza Long | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Liza Long

Part of the reason I usually leave town is that I'm uncomfortable with Mother's Day and always have been.

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.

Without My Mom

Val Geisler | Posted 03.10.2015 | Parents
Val Geisler

In death, my mother is whole, complete and more present than she was ever able to be in her body. She's present in me.

The Education Of The Motherless Daughter

Kathleen Smith | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Kathleen Smith

With enough kindness towards youtself, enough head pats and good snacks, you grow fond of the person you are because of, and in spite of, losing your mom.

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.

When Grief and Absence Decorate Your Holiday Table

Erica June | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Erica June

My childhood family may have fallen apart, but my mother is still here. She's in me, in my children. I still won't make that fancy lonely Thanksgiving feast like my mother did, but they're going to know how important they are.

17 Things I Miss About My Mom on the Anniversary of Her Death

Jodi Meltzer | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Jodi Meltzer

I miss her flip phone. She was the only person I knew who had one... and had her ringtone set to Abba's "Take a Chance on Me" to complement her whole retro non-techie vibe. She had no idea how to text and, most of the time, she had no idea where her phone was. It was part of her charm.

Grief In the Rearview: Three Motherless Years

Nicole Belanger | Posted 11.16.2014 | Women
Nicole Belanger

I assumed that it would be loud, dramatic and chaotic. I thought that my body would collapse under the weight of the grief, that I would be so beside myself with sadness that I would be unable to function.

My Complicated Relationship With Breastfeeding

Emily Hatch | Posted 12.16.2015 | Parents
Emily Hatch

What a wild ride breastfeeding has been. I've never been so determined to do anything, or so ill prepared.

Why Did This Happen? Estranging Myself From My Mother

Katie Naum | Posted 08.30.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

Why did this happen? There is no answer to that question. There are too many answers to that question.

I'm Motherless By Choice

Katie Naum | Posted 08.02.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

There is no easy way to say, "I'm estranged from my mother." It's even harder to say, "I've cut my mother out of my life," clarifying that you are the one who has severed the bond.

Mother's Day Kind of Sucks...

Elizabeth Golluscio | Posted 07.12.2014 | Women
Elizabeth Golluscio

Happy belated Mother's Day, to all of you who may still be finding your mom -- even after you've lost her.

It Took Me 49 Years to Truly Understand My Mom

TueNight | Posted 07.12.2014 | Fifty

While my mother and I didn't actually share the last three decades, now I know what it means to work at a marriage, to be a working mom and to watch my children struggle and blossom.

Finding Comfort on Mother's Day When Your Mother Has Passed Away

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeryl Brunner

For many of us who have lost our mothers, Mother's Day and the days leading up to it can be so painfully difficult. We're bombarded by endless commerc...