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As Mother’s Day approaches, the air fills with joy and gratitude for many. Yet, for those who have lost their mothers or mother-like figures—be it grandmothers, aunts, cousins, mentors, friends, teachers, or adoptive mothers—any woman who has nurtured in positive ways, it can be a stark reminder of the void left in their hearts. Additionally, for mothers who have lost a child, the void isn’t any different.


“When someone no longer has their mother and is grieving, Mother’s Day can reignite the pain, almost like a reminder that it’s been a year, ten years, 20 years, or even 50 years since she’s been gone,” says Sandra, reflecting on the universal experience of a death loss.


“My mother was my best friend. Even though she lived in the US and I was in Europe, we talked all day,” shares Caroline, who lost her mother at the age of 33. “She was my hero and reminded me constantly of how much she loved me.”


As the day approaches, you may grapple with how to face it. Should you ignore it? Should you allow yourself to feel sadness or regret? You may also seek a way to acknowledge or even celebrate it.


Your approach to the day may evolve over the years or vary depending on your circumstances. Remember, what feels right for one person may not be the same for another. It’s important to honor your feelings and do what feels most authentic.


Giving Mother’s Day New Meaning


“On Mother’s Day, it can be truly healing to honor the person who played that role in your life, who always protected and supported you,” comments Amanda. “Even though we know our mother is no longer here, we still have a relationship with her based on memories, a shared history, and the fact that we still feel her presence and support. I feel as if I share an eternal bond with my mother.”


Other tips for coping with the death loss of a mother include:


  • Sharing stories or memories of mom with others.

  • Creating unique crafts, photo albums, or collages to remember Mom.

  • Cooking or sharing mom’s special recipes.

  • Writing a letter to Mom, or keeping a journal about her.

  • Meditating while “taking a walk” with Mom or visiting her grave.

  • Reading stories or poems about mothers.

  • Donating to charity or volunteering in her honor.

  • Light a virtual candle in her honor.

  • Finding closure on unresolved issues by attending a grief support group.


Additionally, we want to recognize mothers who have lost a child. A mother’s void on Mother’s Day may be just as intense. Be mindful that although their child may not be physically present, they are a mother longing to be recognized on this special day, too.


Whatever your situation and however you feel, listen to your heart and spend the day according to what feels right for you. Grief is deeply personal and unique to each individual. By trusting yourself and your emotions, you’ll find the path that’s right for you.


Connect with others who understand and find solace in shared experiences. Our AMF app isn’t just about sharing pain; it’s about sharing love and resilience. It’s about celebrating the lives that touched ours, embracing the lessons they imparted, and carrying their legacies forward.


Let’s honor all mothers and mother-like figures this Mother’s Day, celebrating the love and guidance they brought into our lives, even as we miss them dearlyRegister now to join us on HealGrief’s® AMF App, where the embrace of community awaits—24/7, right in your pocket.

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