Motherless Daughters Twentysomethings Retreat
September 19-22, 2019
Guest House Retreat, Chester, CT
This three-night/four-day retreat is designed especially for women who were in their 20s when their mothers died. Join us for a weekend of activities, story sharing, and bonding. More information is available at Motherless Daughters Retreats.
Motherless Daughters Early Loss Retreat
October 17-20, 2019
Guest House Retreat, Chester, CT
Our flagship three-night/four-day retreat is for women who were up to age 21 when their mothers died. This retreat is currently sold out, but we are adding names to a waiting list. More information is available at Motherless Daughters Retreats.
Memoir: Step by Step Writing Workshop
March 9-13, 2020
Santa Fe, NM
This five-day nonfiction workshop for writers of all levels will walk students through the basic building blocks of memoir, and help them start writing real-life stories or revise existing pages. We’ll focus on craft, content, and community throughout the week. This workshop takes place at the Hilton Santa Fe Historic Plaza in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. More information is available at the Madeline Island School of the Arts web site.
Free Mother’s Day call
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. Each year, Claire Bidwell Smith and I offer a free pre-Mother’s Day call to offer support.
This year’s call took place on May 6. A recorded version can be found here.
24 luncheons took place around the world in the spring of 2019 to honor mothers who are no longer living. Check below to see if there was one near you, and to contact the organizer(s) about next year.
Melbourne, Sydney, and Canberra, Australia
Motherless Daughters of Australia
Motherless Daughters is an Australian not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting girls and women who have experienced mother loss. This year they are hosting a number of events including pre Mother’s Day High Teas in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. To pre purchase a ticket, please click the link: https://www.motherlessdaughters.com.au/upcoming-events.html.
April 28 from 1-3 p.m.
Motherless Daughters Toronto/GTA Inaugural Luncheon
Toronto-area women will come together for a luncheon to celebrate their moms at Blissom, 33 Nashville Rd. in Kleinburg. Please bring a photo of your mom. You’re welcome to bring her favorite dish or recipe as well. RSVP at the Motherless Daughters Toronto/GTA Facebook page.
Saratoga Springs, New York
May 4 at noon
This annual gathering at the Saratoga Springs (NY) Public Library, 49 Henry Street, Saratoga Springs, is a gathering to remember and honor mothers. There will be refreshments and there is no cost to attend. Participants are welcome to bring a photo or other remembrance of their mothers. For more information, contact Carol at 774-275-4173.
New York, New York
May 11 at 11:30 a.m.
NYC Motherless Daughters
Women will gather for a brunch in midtown Manhattan. Cost $17. The address for the event site and other details are available on the NYC Motherless Daughters Facebook page. You can also email [email protected] for more info.
May 11 from 1-5:30 pm
Motherless Daughters 25th Anniversary Tea and Workshop
Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston
Motherless Daughters is turning 25! Please join author Hope Edelman and the empowerHER organization at this special, one-time afternoon event. Hope will lead a three-hour workshop to help women reconnect with and honor their moms, followed by a High Tea and Circle of Remembrance with empowerHER members. This event is open to women who were any age when their mothers died. To learn more and register, please click here.
May 11 at 11 a.m.
Walk for Our Mothers
Chicago-area motherless daughters will hold a Walk for Our Mothers at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle IL. The group walks thru the beautiful Morton Arboretum grounds talking about their mothers. The morning includes a Circle of Remembrance and then the group meets in the Gingko Café. For more information, contact Ruta Spencer at [email protected] or https://www.facebook.com/chicagoareamotherlessdaughters.
May 11 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Metro Detroit Motherless Daughters
The Metro Detroit Motherless Daughters group will hold its 24th annual luncheon at DeCarlo’s Banquet Center, 6015 E. 10 Mile in Warren, MI, The afternoon will feature a luncheon, raffle, Circle of Remembrance, and special Guest Speaker Michelle Ann Collins. Cost is $30 by May 3. For more information, contact Vicki Waldron [email protected] or 586-337-3110
May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Remembering Our Mothers
Hosparus Health invites you to Remembering our Mothers, a gathering for women celebrating and remembering mothers who have died and keeping our connection to them. The event will be held at The University Club, 300 E. Brandeis Ave., in Lousville. Guest speaker will be Lisa Hutson, anchor WHAS11. Cost is $20 by May 3. For questions and payment, call 502-456-5451 or 800-264-0521. If paying by check, mail to Grief Counseling Center, 3526 Ephraim McDowell Dr., Louisville, KY 40205 (Payable to: Hosparus Health)
San Antonio, Texas
May 11 from 2-4 p.m.
The San Antonio area will hold its first Motherless Daughters Luncheon to remember and celebrate mothers and support each other through what can be a difficult weekend. The group will meet at Cafezhino, 15861 IH35 North, Selma, Texas. The cafe is on the access road of 35 south at Evans Rd (in front of OLPH Catholic Church) Cost is $5, which includes coffee, tea and cookies. You can also order lunch, or, if you prefer, baked goods from the Cafezhino menu. Bring a photo of your mother, framed or unframed. RSVP to Joy Thomas Martin, [email protected] or 210-632-6169.
May 11 at noon
Her Community and Individuality
The Second Annual Luncheon to honor mothers who have passed will take place at the shelter house next to Whetstone Pond, Olentangy Trail in Columbus. The group will have a picnic by the pond with a small fire in the fireplace. This is a place for women to come share memories of their moms, relax, and enjoy time with other women who understand. Attendees are encouraged to bring a picture of their moms to display on the fireplace mantle. The group will also participate in the worldwide Circle of Remembrance. The park is dog friendly, and the Olentangy walking trail is also nearby. There is also a playground nearby for children. Suggested contribution to the picnice is $5-$10 or a dish. Please contact Shenan Smith at 614-323-7363 or via email at [email protected] with any questions or to RSVP. You can also visit the group’s Meetup page and Facebook page for more information.
May 11 from 11am – 1pm
Shalom Retreat Center, 1001 Davis St.
7th annual Luncheon. Call Julie at 563-495-3332 or email [email protected] to RSVP by May 3. Cost is $20. 11-1, Shalom Retreat Center, 1001 Davis Street, Dubuque, IA, We will celebrate and honor the mothers we have lost, ending with a powerful and healing circle of remembrance.Speaker will be Deadra Longworth Stanton. Cost is $20.
Daughters and Sons Celebrate and Remember, Co-sponsored by VITAS Healthcare and Black Nurses ROC.
This is a free event. Author Allison Gilbert will be the guest speaker. For more information or to RSVP by April 22, contact Terry Branch, [email protected] or 773.217.9292.
May 11 from 9:30am – 12pm
Remembering Our Mothers breakfast
Enck’s Banquet and Conference Center, 1461 Lancaster Rd.
Registration begins at 9AM, buffet breakfast and keynote speaker Carol Cool “Antiques and Heirlooms: Living Our Legacy” Cost $18. Please register by May 7.
St. Louis, Missouri
May 11 from 11am – 1pm
Motherless Daughters of St. Louis is excited to be hosting their second Motherless Daughters Luncheon at The Fillmore, 6022 South Grand, St. Louis. If you live in St. Louis or the surrounding area, you are welcome to attend. Cost $30. Contact Megan Vaninger for more information at [email protected] or register here.
Los Angeles, California
May 11 from 12pm – 2:30pm
Motherless Daughters of Los Angeles
Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 10761 Pico Blvd.
Our annual luncheon — our 23rd! — is open to any motherless daughter who would like to get support and be with others during what, for us, can be a most difficult weekend. Speaker: Dr. Cara Barker. For more info, please click here or visit http://www.motherlessdaughtersbiz.com.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
May 11 from 11:30am – 2:30pm
Please join Wildflower, the Vancouver, BC Motherless Daughters group, at our annual luncheon. Our venues are confidential so that we can pre-screen members for early mother loss (before age 21) before joining/attending activities. Please email Michelle at [email protected] for info. or go to our Meetup page here.
May 12 from 10am-1pm
The Remember Me: Mother’s Day Brunch is a gathering to celebrate and remember the women we love most with a community of people who understand. The $15 ticket purchase includes brunch, mimosa bar, healing activities, a Remember Mom Memorial Table, and community. For more details and to purchase a ticket, click here.
May 18 from 3-5 p.m.
Remembering Our Mothers – A Gathering of Daughters will be held at the Jonathan Belcher House at 360 N. Main Street in Randolph, MA. The group will discuss the stages of grief, learn strategies for getting centered, and discuss ways to cope so you know you are not alone on this journey. Cost is $25, which includes warm refreshments. For more information or to attend, email [email protected] or click here.
St. Paul, Minnesota (Twin Cities)
May 18 from 10am-12:30pm
She Climbs Mountains Mother’s Day Brunch
The She Climbs Mountains nonprofit, founded by Christine Friberg, will be hosting a brunch at Happy Gnome, 498 Selby Ave. The special guest speaker will be Courtney Carter, attorney and She Climbs Mountains Board Member. Cost is $45. Please register by May 9. More information is available here.
Motherless Daughters — East Bay
May 19 at 11 a.m.
Motherless Daughters – East Bay is holding their 8th Annual Circle of Remembrance picnic potluck on at a beautiful picnic site in the Oakland redwoods. To RSVP, please join the group’s facebook community at https://www.
Please check back — we’ll be adding more luncheons as the details are confirmed!
May 23-26, 2019
Motherless Daughters Early Loss Retreat with Hope Edelman and Elissa Berman
Pacific Palisades, CA
Led by Hope and therapist Elissa Berman, this Thursday-Sunday retreat in in Los Angeles will bring together women who lost mothers before age 22 for three days of story sharing, exercises, bonding, and personal growth. Learn more at www.motherlessdaughtersretreats.com
Iowa Summer Writing Festival
Iowa City, IA
Hope will be teaching two workshops this summer, a one-week workshop titled “The Story Beneath Your Story: A Memoir-in-Progress Workshop” from June 9 to 14, and a weekend workshop, “Time and Place: What Happened, Where and When,” from June 15 to 16. Registration is now open online.
June 22, 2019
One-day Motherless Daughters Pop-Up Workshops
These workshops, in conjunction with She Climbs Mountains, a 502(c)3 nonprofit for women who’ve experienced early or mother loss, will be days of discussion, sharing, and exercises. Specific topics to be covered will be drawn from a survey of participants prior to the weekend. Saturday is for Early Mother Loss (up to age 21) and Sunday’s workshops is for Adult Mother Loss (age 21 and older). Cost $199, includes lunch and all workshop materials. For more information or to register, please click here.
September 19-22, 2019
Motherless Daughters Twentysomethings Retreat with Hope Edelman and Allison Gilbert
Led by Hope and author and grief expert Allison Gilbert, this Thursday-Sunday retreat in central Connecticut will bring together women who were in their twenties when their mother died for three days of story sharing, learning, projects and sisterhood. Learn more at www.motherlessdaughtersretreats.com
October 17-so, 2019
Motherless Daughters Early Loss Retreat with Hope Edelman and Sarah Saffian
Led by Hope and author and therapist Sarah Saffian, this Thursday-Sunday retreat in central Connecticut will bring together women who lost mothers before age 22 for three days of story sharing, exercises, bonding, and personal growth. Learn more at www.motherlessdaughtersretreats.com
SELECT PAST EVENTS
November 8, 2017
The Conversation: Stories That Matter
New York, New York
An afternoon of stories and discussions on the topic of early mother loss, featuring Hope, author and therapist Claire Bidwell Smith, author Allison Gilbert, therapist Carole Geithner, Cara Belvins (founder of EmpowerHER), Jen Bilik (founder of Knock Knock) and others. $75 general admission tickets/$125 VIP tickets
July 30-August 9, 2014
Turning Loss Into Service
Cuzco and Machu Picchu, Peru
A ten-day adventure to Peru with a group of motherless daughters and parentless parents, to volunteer in an orphanage in Cuzco and hike through the Lares Valley. This once-in-a-lifetime trip is in partnership with Trekking for Kids, a nonprofit dedicated to providing service to orphans and physical challenges for participants.
May 10, 2014
Motherless Daughters 20th Anniversary Conference
Marriott Marina Del Rey
Marina Del Rey, CA
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The first gathering of its kind!
A full day of workshops, discussions, and the annual Motherless Daughters Day Luncheon and Circle of Remembrance—with keynote speaker Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestseller Wild. Additional workshops by Claire Bidwell Smith, Jennifer Lauck, Allison Gilbert, Irene Rubaum-Keller, LMFT, and Laurie Lucas, LCSW.
Featured speaker at the opening of the Raymee Grief Center, the first children’s bereavement center in the UAE.