Thursday, May 09, 2019
While Mother’s Day is, for some, a time to celebrate mom, for those that have lost their mothers or their identity as a mother, it can be an extremely painful day.
“When someone doesn’t have a mother or is grieving, Mother’s Day can bring up the pain, almost as a reminder that it’s been a year or 10 years or 20 years or even 50 years since she’s been gone,” says Robin Fiorelli, director of Bereavement and Volunteer Services for VITAS.
To help, VITAS® Healthcare and its grief specialists offer insights and coping tips for those who approach Mother’s Day with a sense of loss.
– Tell stories or share memories of Mom with others
– Create special crafts, photo albums or scrapbooks to remember her
– Cook or share Mom’s special recipes
– Write a letter to Mom, or journal about her
– Meditate as you “take a walk” with Mom or visit her grave
– Read stories or poetry about mothers
– Donate to a charity or volunteer in her honor
– Find closure for unresolved issues by attending a grief support group
One of the best ways to infuse Mother’s Day with new meaning, Fiorelli advises, is to expand the definition of “mother” to include honoring women who have served as mother figures— grandmothers, aunts, cousins, mentors, friends, teachers, adoptive mothers, anyone who has been nurturing in positive ways.
Source: VITAS® Healthcare
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