March 23, 2019
10am PST/1pm EST
Free Motherless Daughters Conference Call with Hope
In this free 30-minute conference call, Hope will talk about resurgences of grief that occur around anniversary and lifespan events — why they occur, how to cope with them, and how to use them as opportunities for growth. Everyone is welcome. Please register here and submit your questions! Participants will receive a special discount at a future Motherless Daughters retreat.
March 30, 2019
“Crafting Narrative Identity with Unreliable Memories” panel at 3 p.m. on Saturday, with fellow memoir writers Wendy Fontaine, Leslie Schwartz, and Tanya Ward Goodman. Hope will be speaking about autobiographical erasure and childhood amnesia, and how we can work with and around these phenomena to tell authentic stories.
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 Workshop
This workshop, in conjunction with She Climbs Mountains, a 502(c)3 nonprofit for women who’ve experienced early mother loss, will be a day of discussion, sharing, and exercises. Specific topics to be covered will be drawn from a survey of participants prior to the weekend.
Please check back soon for details!
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
2018 MOTHERLESS DAUGHTERS
LUNCHEONS & EVENTS
May 5 at 11am
Email Rachel at [email protected] to join our group’s email list. Announcements and updates sent through email. Luncheon is a picnic/potluck; no fee, just a request for food item. An artist and member of our group will run a mini art session during our luncheon so women will have the opportunity to express their feelings through art in addition to having the opportunity to share a photo of their moms and participate in the circle of remembrance.
The cost is $10, and we ask that each Motherless Daughter bring a side dish to share with the other attendees. The venue will be one of the Metro Parks within the City of Columbus, exact location TBD. A signed copy of Hope Edelman’s groundbreaking book, Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss, will be raffled and given away. Please contact Shenan at [email protected] for more info.
Melbourne and Canberra, Australia
Sydney, Australia, April 22
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 Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra. They will also be in attendance at the Melbourne Mother’s Day Classic, which is an annual fun run and walk held on Mothers Day to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. You may join the Motherless Daughters Australia team in the fun run and participate in any event Australia wide. To pre purchase a ticket, please click the link: https://www.motherlessdaughters.com.au/upcoming-events.html.
May 10 at 6:30pm
Join us for a donation-based Mother’s Day Memorial Yoga Gathering at St. John’s Episcopal Church (Parish Hall), 2600 Church Ave.. The event is intended to provide a social support group for those grieving a loss, specifically of their mother but anyone is welcome to attend. We will begin with an introduction and Circle of Remembrance to build a safe space of community, love and support. Next, we will participate in a short, gentle yoga class, led by local registered yoga teacher Becky Verner. Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of the loved one(s) they are grieving to the event, to place beside their mat during class. Space is limited. Please pre-register via the Facebook event to save your spot and cancel ASAP if your plans change.
May 12th from 10am-12pm
9229 Mormon Bridge Plz
Omaha, Nebraska 68152
Contact Kristina Birge with questions: 402.203.6750
May 12 from 10:30am – 1pm
Hosparus Health Community Room 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive
RSVP for the brunch by Friday, May 4; cost is $20; to RSVP visit http://bit.ly/rememberingmothers
May 12 from 11am – 1pm
Shalom Retreat Center, 1001 Davis St.
6th annual Luncheon. Call Julie at 563-495-3332 or email [email protected] to RSVP. Cost is $20. Speaker will be Amy Gilligan author of two books and editor of City newspaper.
May 12 from 11am – 1pm
Remembering Our Mothers
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.
St. Louis, Missouri
May 12 from 11am – 2pm
Lola Jean’s (formerly Grapeseed in the Southhampton neighborhood), 5400 Nottingham Avenue
Motherless Daughters of St. Louis is excited to be hosting their first Motherless Daughters Luncheon. If you live in St. Louis or in the surrounding area, you are welcome to join. Counselor Greg Deneal will be speaking about grief and loss. The cost of the luncheon is $25. Once you RSVP via the Facebook event, you will receive a message about payment. Contact: Megan Vaninger at or [email protected] for additional info.
Los Angeles, California
May 12 at 12pm – 2:30pm
Maria’s Italian Kitchen, 10761 Pico Blvd.
Our annual luncheon 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.For more info, please click here or visit http://www.motherlessdaughtersbiz.com.
Vancouver and Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
May 12 from 12pm – 3pm
Vancouver – Luncheon on Sat May 12th Noon – 3pm. Nanaimo (Vancouver Island) – Mother’s Day at the Market – noon – 2pm. 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.
May 12 from 11am – 2pm
Twenty-Third Annual Metro Detroit Motherless Daughters Luncheon: A Day for Daughters Without Mothers at Tapestry, 24580 Evergreen
Luncheon, Raffle, Circle of Remembrance. Cost is $30 per person. All motherless girls 18 years & under are complimentary Guest Speaker is Kristin Meekhof, MSW, speaker, writer, lifestyle coach, and co- author of “A Widow’s Guide to Healing.” Please join us to honor and celebrate the lives of our mothers who are no longer with us. Please bring a picture of your mom to place on our memory table! All reservations must be pre-paid by Friday, May 4th, 2018
F or more information, please call Vicki Waldron at (586) 337-3110 [email protected]
New York, New York
May 12 at 1 p.m.
The address for the event site and other details are available on the NYC Motherless Daughters Facebook page. Just type “NYC Motherless Daughters” into the Facebook search bar above and send a request to join. You can also email [email protected] for more info.
Costa Mesa, California
May 12, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Motherless Daughters of Orange County’s (MDOC) annual luncheon will be held at at Costa Mesa Country Club. Cost is $25 before May 4 and $30 after. You can mail a check to MDOC c/o L. Gibson at L.Gibson, 3403 E. Lambeth Court #B, Orange, CA 92869. For more information please email [email protected]
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.