I Couldn’t Say ‘My Mother’ Without Crying

I was so moved by Anderson Cooper and Stephen Colbert’s interview on August 15, and their candid talk about childhood grief, I wrote an op-ed piece about it. The link to read it on the NYT web site is here. I’ve also cut and pasted it below. Please feel...

A Letter to Motherless Daughters on Mother’s Day

May 11, 2019   Dear Motherless Daughter, Here we find ourselves again, on the brink of another second Sunday in May. It’s easier in some years than in others, isn’t it?  For many years after my mother died, this Sunday was all about missing her on a...

Free pre-Mother’s Day Call on May 6

Mother’s Day can be a bittersweet holiday for those of us who’ve lost our moms. It’s an occasion to remember the bond we shared, but can also be a painful annual reminder of what’s been lost. Between us and together, Claire Bidwell Smith and I have helped thousands of...

Dishing at Holiday Time

Sending warm Easter and Passover holiday wishes to everyone who celebrates. May it be a peaceful and joyous season for everyone! One of my warmest childhood memories is of helping my mother change over the dishes for Passover every year. My parents’ marriage was...

Anniversary Events, Life Milestones, and Free Support

For the first dozen or so years after my mom died, Mother’s Day, the anniversary of her death, and her birthday were all days that made me want to hide. I thought something must be wrong with me if it still hurt so much a decade later and beyond. And planning a...

An Open Letter to Motherless Daughters for Mother’s Day

Dear Friends, As I write this letter to you today, I’m sitting at a desk in Scotts Valley, California, on the campus of a serene retreat center surrounded by redwoods. Eight women have gathered here to write the stories of their lives, several of them about...