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...

A Place for Motherless Daughters on Mother’s Day weekend

May 2, 2018 Dear Friends, As Mother’s Day approaches each year, the country’s attention collectively turns toward celebrating mothers who are living. Yet for many of us, thoughts also naturally turn to mothers who are no longer here. For motherless...

Getting Through the Holidays When Someone You Love Has Died

The year after a major loss is invariably a Year of Firsts. All of the usual dates and holidays keep coming around on the calendar — except this year they’ve all changed. Someone essential is missing. Facing a first birthday, first Mother’s Day, first...

Hearts Breaking for You, Las Vegas

Fifty eight families (and counting) are mourning the senseless deaths of their loved ones today. More than 500 are injured. And up to 20,000 could be struggling for a long time from the trauma of having been part of the most deadly mass shooting in U.S. history....

Please Help Me Find the Original Motherless Daughters

Twenty five years ago, 92 women were interviewed for the first edition of Motherless Daughters and shared their stories with honesty and courage, some of them speaking about mother loss for the first time. While working on my next book — my eighth, this one...

Father’s Day When Your Father Has Died

Journalist and author Allison Gilbert has become a prominent voice in the field of bereavement writing, helping readers actively remember and honor their lost loved ones. Having lost both of her parents by age 31, she went on to write the insightful books Always Too...

An Open Letter to Motherless Daughters on Mother’s Day

Dear Readers, Dear Friends, Dear Sisters of the Heart, It’s a sunny afternoon in Southern California, the Friday before Mother’s Day. I’m sitting at my kitchen table while the palm trees on my driveway gently sway in the breeze and the distant sound of a weed-whacker...

Motherless Daughters Have a Place on Mother’s Day Weekend

Mother’s Day was started by a motherless daughter in the early 20th century, yet soon became a holiday for celebrating the day with mothers who are living. So what’s a daughter to do when she wants to revive the founder’s original intent — to...

2016 Luncheons for Motherless Daughters

  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...