For Those Who Hurt On Mother’s Day

Beautifully written and poignant. I have neither parents left I try to ignore it. Father’s day is the same. If it is a sad day for you go to the movies or rent one. Treat yourself well. Make a nice meal (don’t go out worst day in the world for eating out). Remember that not everyone is joyous on occasions like this. If you feel like it visit a nursing home and drop off cookies or something for those that no longer have children to celebrate with. We all have our sorrows it is what you do with them that counts.

john pavlovitz


Tomorrow is Mother’s Day.

For many people that means flowers and handmade cards and brunches and hugs and laughter. It means celebration and gratitude and rejoicing.

But for some it just means tears.

For many moms and adult children out there, this day is a stark unsolicited reminder of what was but no longer is, or it is a heavy holiday of mourning what never was at all.

This day might bring with it the scalding sting of grief for the empty chair around a table.

It might come with choking regret for a relationship that has been terribly severed.

It might be a day of looking around at other mothers and other children, and feeling the unwelcome intrusion of jealousy that comes with comparison.

Consider this a love letter to you who are struggling today; those whose Mother’s Day experience might be rather bittersweet— or perhaps only bitter.

This is consent to feel fully the contents of your…

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