Hope Edelman is the author of Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss (Delta), and she says on Mothers Day, Theres no place for children or adult women whove lost their mothers. Theyre surrounded by constant reminders, like Hallmark cards.
The traditionally happy holiday can re-trigger the grief cycle for a child thats lost their mother.
Kids whove recently lost their mom may even try to hide the fact that she isnt around.
But Edelman says, Its important not to pretend the mother didnt exist. Children need to have an ongoing relationship with her.
Edelman suggests telling stories and writing letters about a missing mom, and says, Stories about a lost parent are the lifeblood for children.
Edelman will be the guest speaker tomorrow (May 10) at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center in Torrance, California, for an afternoon tea with hundreds of motherless daughters.
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