Mother's Day and Grief

Grief is a natural response to loss. It can be felt in many ways. Grief’s impact can be emotional, social, spiritual, physical and financial. It is as individual as the person you loved and lost. Grieving while living away from family and friends can be especially difficult. This is a place where you can share your thoughts, and get ideas on how to cope. It is here for you to get support and validation.

Mother's Day and Grief

Postby dscowan » Thu May 02, 2013 12:14 pm

Mother’s Day is usually a time of celebration, but for some the time can be filled with pain and sorrow. Not everyone will be buying flowers or going to brunch with the family. If you have experienced the death of a child or a mother, have struggled with infertility or have had a difficult relationship with your mother, please read our blog with some suggestions for getting through this difficult time.
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Re: Mother's Day and Grief

Postby m_postotnik » Tue May 13, 2014 12:19 pm

Not only Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, but birthdays, holidays and anniversaries can bring up grief that seems as strong as is it was the day you lost your loved one. This is a normal aspect of grief. You are not alone. Sometimes it helps to talk to other people and/or make art about it. When other people are having Mother’s Day celebrations, you may feel the loss of your mother quite deeply. You may feel left out because your mother has died. You might plan a get-together next year on Mother’s Day with a group of friends who have all lost their mothers and celebrate your moms and tell stories about them. You can ask that each person bring something such as a memento or item that belonged to their mom to stimulate conversation and evoke memories. For Father’s Day, you could invite friends to your home and request that each person make a collage about their father’s hobbies and things that were important to him and then share them at the gathering. Art helps get the conversation going in a way that might otherwise be awkward.
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Re: Mother's Day and Grief

Postby kitkat5 » Fri May 01, 2015 8:20 am

So it is Mother's Day soon and you no longer have your mother. Now what? This can be such a difficult day for those grieving the death of their mom. But there are some ideas that may help lessen your pain and honor your mother. Is there another instrumental woman in your life that you can focus on and do something meaningful for on this day? Or you may choose to place flowers on mom's grave in memory of her. You can also purchase a mother's day card and write a message to mom as a way of healing through the written word. A balloon release is another suggestion with a loving message tied to it and sending good thoughts upward. Or perhaps you know others who no longer have their mom and you can do something together in order to give and receive support. Whatever you choose to do is okay because there is no right or wrong way to grieve or honor the special people in our lives. May thoughts of your mother bring you peace and comfort.
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