Grief and Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day in the United States. Each Mother’s Day we celebrate moms and it is often a day filled with fun, laughter and love. But what if your mother has died? What if your mother is emotionally absent, possibly due to dementia or Alzheimer’s or just not in your life? What if you are a mother whose child has died? Mother’s Day can take on a whole new meaning if you are grieving a mother or a child. This Mother’s Day, consider reading one of these articles. Each of us at some point will experience this type of loss or know someone who has. Comfort can be found knowing you are not alone. In this article from Hello Grief, the author shares her experiences on Mother’s Day from the perspective of a woman who has experienced the death of her mother. “Mother’s Day, Minus Mom” Yoga instructor Jennifer Jarrett shares her own experiences, and some ideas for how to celebrate a mother who has died. “A Motherless Mother’s Day” The Alzheimer’s Association published a beautiful article, “Remembering Mom” by Jennifer Frazee Rodi. In this article, Ms. Rodi writes a letter to friends and family pointing out that although her mom, who without memories of her own, leaves the heartfelt gift of invaluable legacies and memories – a very poignant and touching letter. For a mother who has lost a child, Mother’s Day can be a day filled with many emotions – remembering the pain, the beauty, the sadness, the joy – each emotion authentic and deserving of attention. Here, Claire McCarthy, a pediatrician at Boston Children’s Hospital, writes about the many experiences a mother who has lost a child may have on Mother’s Day. “Being the Mother of a Child Who Died – On Mother’s Day

May is Military Appreciation Month

In this moving Ted talk, “How to Talk to Veterans about the War,” given by Army Veteran Captain Wes Moore, he helps to answer the all to familiar question “what do I say?” when interacting with those who have dedicated their lives to serve our country. In remembering our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have given their lives this Memorial Day, please take a moment to view this important talk to help raise awareness of how a meaningful conversation can hold so much value to those who have served, while also gaining insight on the true meaning of saying “thank you for your service”. Our hope is this talk will inspire members of our community to ask questions and have conversations with those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces as well as to motivate others to enquire with the friends, families and fellow soldiers who lost a member of the U.S. Armed Forces during their service. All stories are valuable and deserving of a voice.

 

“Grief 101” Training Opportunity

Grief Support of the Rockies is excited to announce we will be offering a half-day training to clinicians on the do’s and don’ts of providing effective grief therapy for your grieving clients. Date: Tuesday 6/14/16 Time: 9:00am-12:30pm Cost: $55/person Call or email us at (970) 235-2076 or gsrockies@gmail.com to reserve a spot!

  Found on a Tombstone in Ireland, 1889:
Death leaves a heartache difficult to heal; Love leaves sweet memories no one can steal.
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