Random Thoughts on the 40th Anniversary of My Mom’s Death

Marcia Evelyn Rosenberg Edelman Sept. 19, 1938-July 12, 1981 Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the elasticity of time, especially this past year and a half, when time seemed to pass both slowly and quickly at once. We’ve been conditioned to conceive of time as...

An Open Letter to Motherless Daughters on Father’s Day

My father, Julian Edelman (not the Patriots’ wide receiver)   Dear Friends, Dear Readers, Dear Sisters of the Heart,   On the Motherless Daughters Community Calls, and at our  workshops and retreats, we spend so much time talking about our mothers that...

An Open Letter to Motherless Daughters on Mother’s Day

My mother, Marcia Edelman, 1938-1981   Dear Friends, Dear Readers, Dear Sisters of the Heart, It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it, women? As I sat down in Los Angeles to write this annual letter to motherless daughters on Mothers Day, it’s been impossible to do...

Pandemic Grief is Real — and Coming This Spring

Hello Friends, I’d like to share some information with you about delayed or postponed grief, because it’ll be helpful to know about in the coming weeks. First, as many of us know, grief occurs in cycles. We can mourn to the best of our ability at any point...

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...