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...

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...