Twenty-one years ago, a small group of motherless daughters in New York City organized the first Motherless Daughters Day Luncheon in Manhattan and about a dozen other cities nationwide. We believed that mothers who were no longer living also deserved to be honored on Mother’s Day weekend. Since then, women in dozens of cities worldwide have created their own events around Mother’s Day where daughters can share memories and stories. Many of them include the original event’s “Circle of Remembrance,” when everyone joins hands and says their mothers’ names out loud.

Here’s a roundup of luncheons in 2016. These are only the ones I know about; no doubt there are more. If you know of one that’s not listed here, please send me the info and I’ll be happy to add it to the list. And if you’d like to plan a luncheon for next year, contact me at and I’ll send you an info sheet to get started!


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Louisville, Kentucky — Hosparus Grief Counseling Center will be hosting its annual Remembering Our Mothers Tea and Celebration at Gilda’s Club, 633 Baxter Avenue, from 1 – 3:30 pm. Cost is $15. Call 502-456-5451 to RSVP by April 22, 2016. More info is available here.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada — The first Saskatchewan Motherless Daughters Day Luncheon will take place at 11 a.m. at Redmond House, 309 Marsh St.. To register, please email Tracy at or call (306) 558-4408. Deadline is April 27.  Cost is $40. Advance tickets only. Seating is limited.

Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia — The first Warrnambool Motherless Daughters Day event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at Club Warrnambool Restaurant, 86 Kepler St. Details available here.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Columbia, South Carolina — The 2nd Annual Daughters Living Without Mothers event, “An Evening of Healing and Deliverance”, will begin at 6:30 at House of Judah Christian Ministries, 1634 Van Helse St. Free and open to the public. Contact Stephanie Suell at 803-238-1377 for more information or read more at the group’s Facebook page here.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Clifton, New Jersey — The Northern New Jersey Motherless Daughters Meetup Group will hold a luncheon  at 1:30 p.m. at Alexus Steakhouse, 955 Valley Rd.  Free parking is available in back. Each member will order separately and pay for her own lunch. Ask for Karen–NNJMD’s table when you arrive. Join the group’s Meetup page for more info and to RSVP.

Costa Mesa, California — Motherless Daughters of Orange County, California, will hold its annual luncheon from  11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. This year’s speaker, Allison Gilbert, author of Passed and Present, will lead the group in a “Memory Bash” event. Cost is $30. Register before April 30. More info available here.  

Detroit, Michigan — Motherless Daughters of Metro Detroit is holding its annual luncheon, “A Day for Daughters Without Mothers” from 12 – 3 p.m at  Pasquale’s, 31555 Woodward, in Royal Oak. Guest Speaker will be Lisa Schmidt, Huffington Post blogger. Cost is $25 per person. Motherless girls under the age of 18 are complimentary. Reservations must be pre-paid by Monday, May 2. Please email or call Vicki Waldron at or call 586-337-3110 for more information.

Dubuque, Iowa — Motherless women in Dubuque will gather from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Shalom Retreat Center, 1001 Davis St. Guest speaker this year is Ann Kerian, a motherless daughter who is an executive coach and media consultant. Cost is $20 and seating is limited to 100. For more information or to register, contact Julie Grutz at 563-495-3332 or email

Green Bay, Wisconsin — Join motherless women in Green Bay for lunch starting at 11:30 a.m., the Circle of Remembrance at 1 p.m. or both. Lunch will be at Legends Brewhouse, 2840 Shawano Ave. GB (Howard) and the Circle of Remembrance at Pamperin Park, 2801 CTH RK. Bring a picture of your mother if you would like to share it with the group. Rose petals will be released into Duck Creek.For more information, contact Liz at 920-419-3275 or 920-497-0646. Please RSVP if you would like to attend the lunch.

Los Angeles, California — Motherless Daughters of Los Angeles will hold its annual luncheon from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 10761 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles. Guest speaker is Heather Siegel, author of the memoir Out from the Underworld. Cost is $48. More info available here.

Omaha, Nebraska — Motherless Daughters Omaha area will gather to share and reflect on each of our experience at 10 a.m. in the private room at Tussey’s Casual Grill, 9229 Mormon Plaza.  Please bring a picture of your mom if you like to share with the group. (Water, coffee, orange juice will be provided, and food will be available for order from the menu.) Please contact Kristina Birge with any questions, 402.203.6750 or The group may also be found under Motherless Daughters Omaha Area on Facebook.

Portland, Oregon — Motherless Daughters of PDX will hold a potluck gathering from 1-3 p.m in a private garden setting. Please bring a favorite dish to share. More information can be found through the group’s Facebook page. Address/directions will be sent by email or message when you RSVP.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – Wildflower will hold its Mother’s Day Brunch from 11 a.m. to  2 p.m. $25 includes brunch and a copy of Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss. Details and sign-up here.

Wodonga, Victoria, Australia — The first Motherless Daughters luncheon in Wodonga will go from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hollywood’s, Southside Terrace, 7 Thomas Mitchell Drive. Cost is $30 per head. (Includes Shared Lunch, Dessert and Tea/Coffee). RSVP by May 1 to RSVP: Marissa on 0419 488 252 (after 5pm) or

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Chicago, Illinois — Motherless Daughters in the Chicago area will hold this year’s Motherless Daughters Day event at an art studio in LaGrange from 2 to 5 p.m. The group will meet at Bottle & Bottega, 1 W. Harris, LaGrange, IL. Cost is $45. To RSVP, please email Ruta Spencer at by May 14.