April 21, 2018, 8:30am-12pm
Missing Our Mothers Daughters Remember
Hope Edelman will be the featured speaker at this event. Women 18 and older are invited to join us in a time of caring and sharing. Come together with other daughters for a celebration honoring the memory of your mothers. A complimentary breakfast buffet will be provided. Please email a photo of your mother to share for a special presentation.
Please register by April 10 to [email protected] or 215.542.3041. There is no charge to attend. Due to the limited number of seats, we request the remembrance be exclusively an adult event.
May 6-11, 2018
Writing the Story of Your Life workshop
Scotts Valley, CA
This five-day writing workshop will help participants of all levels write their life stories. Whether you hope to author a short essay or you’re embarking — or in the midst of — a book-length memoir, you’ll receive craft tips, exercises, and feedback during the week. $425 course fee plus extra for accommodations.
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Iowa City, IA
Two workshops — one introductory, one intermediate, to be announced in February 2018.
2018 MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS LUNCHEONS & EVENTS
April 22 (Sydney) and May 6 (Melbourne & Canberra)
Motherless Daughters is an Australian not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting girls and women who have experienced mother loss. This year they are hosting a number of events including pre Mother’s Day High Teas in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. They will also be in attendance at the Melbourne Mother’s Day Classic, which is an annual fun run and walk held on Mothers Day to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. You may join the Motherless Daughters Australia team in the fun run and participate in any event Australia wide. To pre purchase a ticket, please click the link: https://www.motherlessdaughters.com.au/upcoming-events.html.
May 5 at 11am
Email Rachel at [email protected] to join our group’s email list. Announcements and updates sent through email. Luncheon is a picnic/potluck; no fee, just a request for food item. An artist and member of our group will run a mini art session during our luncheon so women will have the opportunity to express their feelings through art in addition to having the opportunity to share a photo of their moms and participate in the circle of remembrance.
The cost is $10, and we ask that each Motherless Daughter bring a side dish to share with the other attendees. The venue will be one of the Metro Parks within the City of Columbus, exact location TBD. A signed copy of Hope Edelman’s groundbreaking book, Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, will be raffled and given away. Please contact Shenan at [email protected] for more info.
May 10 at 6:30pm
Join us for a donation-based Mother’s Day Memorial Gathering. The event is intended to provide a social support group for those grieving a loss, specifically of their mother but anyone is welcome to attend. We will begin with an introduction and Circle of Remembrance to build a safe space of community, love and support. Next, we will participate in a short, gentle yoga class, led by local registered yoga teacher Becky Verner, to connect our breath with movement and stillness – focusing on mind/body awareness, breath and the factors of our lives we can control. A longer guided-meditation Savasana will be offered to close the practice. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of the loved one(s) they are grieving to the event, to place beside their mat during class. Space is limited. Please pre-register via the Facebook event to save your spot and cancel ASAP if your plans change.
6:30-6:45 PM: Introductions & Circle of Remembrance
6:45-7:30 PM: Gentle Yoga class
7:30-7:45 PM: Guided Meditation
7:45-8 PM: Reflection/Socializing (optional)
LOCATION: St. John’s Episcopal Church (Parish Hall), 2600 Church Ave. Cleveland, Ohio 44113. We will meet in the space above Vision Underground; enter through the door straight ahead in the courtyard. Signage will be posted. Parking is available on both sides of Church Ave. (overflow parking will be opened in the Rex Auto Body parking lot if necessary).
NOTE: Please wear comfortable clothing so you may take part in the gentle stretching exercises during yoga. Bring a yoga mat, or let us know ahead of time if you need to borrow one and we’ll have one for you there.
Workshop Facilitator: Becky Verner, RYT-200, is a certified yoga teacher, practicing and teaching in the Cleveland area. After 10 years on and off her mat, Becky dedicated herself to her practice and earned her teaching certification in 2015. Her experience and passion as related to bereavement centers on the loss of her mother, Mary Jane Verner, to a sudden heart attack at the age of 42. Becky was 10 years old. In the 20 years since Mary died Becky has learned and enlisted a variety of coping tools including: talk therapy, art therapy, group counseling, and the life-changing 8 limbs of yoga. “For me, yoga brings freedom from many physical and emotional pains through introspection and gratitude. Grieving my mom is a big part of who I am; I miss her everyday. In my practice I find a sense of peace, acceptance and connection. When I roll up my mat, I’m stronger every time. I hope to share that with others.,” she says. Follow her on Facebook at Becky Verner Yoga.
May 12th from 10am-12pm
9229 Mormon Bridge Plz
Omaha, Nebraska 68152
Contact Kristina Birge with questions: 402.203.6750
May 12 from 10:30am – 1pm
Hosparus Health Community Room
3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive,
Louisville, KY 40205
RSVP for the brunch by Friday, May 4; cost is $20; to RSVP visit http://bit.ly/rememberingmothers
May 12 from 11am – 1pm
Shalom Retreat Center
1001 Davis St, Dubuque, IA
6th annual Luncheon. Call Julie at 563-495-3332 or email [email protected] to RSVP. Cost is $20. Speaker will be Amy Gilligan author of two books and editor of City newspaper.
May 12 from 11am – 1pm
Remembering Our Mothers
Enck’s Banquet and Conference Center
1461 Lancaster Rd, Manheim
Registration begins at 9AM, buffet breakfast and keynote speaker Carol Cool “Antiques and Heirlooms: Living Our Legacy” Cost $18.
May 12 from 11am – 2pm
Lola Jean’s (formerly Grapeseed in the Southhampton neighborhood)
5400 Nottingham Avenue
Saint Louis, Missouri, 63109
Motherless Daughters of St. Louis is excited to be hosting their first Motherless Daughters Luncheon. If you live in St. Louis or in the surrounding area, you are welcome to join. Counselor Greg Deneal will be speaking about grief and loss. The cost of the luncheon is $25. Once you RSVP via the Facebook event, you will receive a message about payment. Contact: Megan Vaninger at or [email protected] for additional info.
May 12 at 12pm – 2:30pm
Maria’s Italian Kitchen
10761 Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Our annual luncheon is open to any motherless daughter who would like to get support and be with others during what, for us, can be a most difficult weekend.For more info, please click here or visit http://www.motherlessdaughtersbiz.com.
May 12 from 12pm – 3pm
Vancouver – Luncheon on Sat May 12th Noon – 3pm. Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) – Mother’s Day at the Market – noon – 2pm. Our venues are confidential so that we can pre-screen members for early mother loss (before age 21) before joining/attending activities. Please email Michelle at [email protected] for info.
May 12th, 2018 11am – 2pm
Metro Detroit Motherless Daughters Luncheon
A Day for Daughters Without Mothers
Southfield, MI 48075
Luncheon Raffle Circle of Remembrance
$30.00 per person
All motherless girls 18 years & under are complimentary
Kristin Meekhof – Kristin Meekhof obtained her B.A. from Kalamazoo College with a major in psychology and completed the Master in Social Work Program at the University of Michigan. She is a speaker, writer, lifestyle coach, and co- author of “A Widow’s Guide to Healing” with cover blurbs from friend and mentor Dr. Deepak Chopra and Maria Shriver. She is a regular contributor to “Psychology Today.” Kristin will be bring copies of her book “A Widow’s Guide to Healing” to autograph! ($15.00 cash or check only). Please join us to honor and celebrate the lives of our mothers who are no longer with us. Please bring a picture of your mom to place on our memory table!
All reservations must be pre-paid by Friday, May 4th, 2018
For more information, please call Vicki Waldron at (586) 337-3110 or [email protected]
Check back soon for information about an Early Mother Loss Retreat this August in the Los Angeles area.
SELECT PAST EVENTS
November 8, 2017
The Conversation: Stories That Matter
New York, New York
An afternoon of stories and discussions on the topic of early mother loss, featuring Hope, author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, author Allison Gilbert, therapist Carole Geithner, Cara Belvins (founder of EmpowerHER), Jen Bilik (founder of Knock Knock) and others. $75 general admission tickets/$125 VIP tickets
October 27-November 2, 2014
Master Class “The Story Beneath Your Story”
Hedgebrook women’s writing retreat
Whidbey Island, WA
Six-day nonfiction writing workshop for women writers working on memoir or personal essays. Come to discover the larger themes and archetypes in your personal story, and learn how to convey your larger message to an audience. Class space limited to six. Cost is$2400, which includes workshop time, all meals, and lodging in your own handcrafted fairytale cabin in the woods. Seriously.
July 30-August 9, 2014
Turning Loss Into Service
Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Peru
A ten-day adventure to Peru with a group of motherless daughters and parentless parents, to volunteer in an orphanage in Cuzco and hike through the Lares Valley. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is in partnership with Trekking for Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing service to orphans and physical challenges for participants.
May 10, 2014
Motherless Daughters 20th Anniversary Conference
Marriott Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey, CA
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first gathering of its kind!
A full day of workshops, discussions, and the annual Motherless Daughters Day Luncheon and Circle of Remembrance—with keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestseller Wild. Additional workshops by Claire Bidwell Smith, Jennifer Lauck, Allison Gilbert, Irene Rubaum-Keller, LMFT, and Laurie Lucas, LCSW.
Featured speaker at the opening of the Raymee Grief Center, the first children’s bereavement center in the UAE.