Mother’s Day Grief: How to Cope or Even Celebrate After Loss

Whether your mom has died or you’re dealing with loss related to dementia or estrangement, Mother’s Day can bring up a lot of mixed feelings. Here are some resources from grief coach Charlene Lam and her colleagues.

Mother’s Day Grief: 5 Things to Consider Heading Into the Day

Need permission to deal with the holiday in your own way? Struggling with expectations from others? Here are 5 tips from grief coach Charlene Lam to help you cope.

If You Want to Celebrate: Creative Rituals for Mother’s Day

No matter what the marketing messages may imply, you are not required to celebrate Mother’s Day. But if you do want to mark the day, check out this video with tips for creating your own personalized ritual to honor your mother figure:

Live Grief Events for Mother’s Day 2023

When You’re Grieving Your Mother
Tuesday, May 9, 2023, at 3 pm PDT/ 6 pm EDT
With grief expert David Kessler

Reimagine: Threads of Our Matriarchs
Sun. May 14, 2023, 1:30pm – 2:30pm ET
On this Mother’s Day, facilitators Kelli Dillon and Mangda Sengvanhpheng invite us to come together in community to weave together our threads of connection through the honoring of our matriarchs.

For Motherless Daughters on Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day Gathering for Motherless Daughters
Join mother loss experts Hope Edelman and Claire Bidwell Smith for their annual Mother’s Day gathering for motherless daughters online, Saturday May 13th.
Register for Free Tickets

Motherless Daughters Community Calls
These weekly calls led by Hope Edelman, bestselling author of Motherless Daughters, are an affordable way to be in community with other women who have lost their mothers.

For Mothers Grieving Children

When You’re a Mother Grieving a Child
Thursday, May 11, 2023, 3 pm PDT/ 6 pm EDT
With grief expert David Kessler

The first Sunday in May is International Bereaved Mother’s Day.

For Widowed Parents

Advice from the Widowed Parent Podcast
On this episode of Jenny Lisk’s Widowed Parent Podcast, Tamarack’s Dr. Tina Barrett speaks on Mother’s and Father’s Days and outdoor grief support programs

For Bereaved Children on Mother’s Day from Dougy Center

Tips for Acknowledging Mother’s Day and Father’s Day:

Podcast episode – Grief & Mother’s Day – A Teen’s Take:

Podcast episode – Grieving Through Mother’s Day:

For Complicated Relationships

Permission to Live podcast episode
Sometimes it’s complicated — your relationship with your mother figure. Or the circumstances of the loss. Melissa Lyon West grew up in a cult and speaks openly about it on her podcast Permission to Live. I was recently a guest and enjoyed our conversation about our moms, questioning our own grief and how *bizarre* some of the expectations of us are after a significant loss.


I’m Charlene

I help grieving people feeling burdened by responsibilities, resentments and regrets after the death of a loved one to feel lighter –– so you can live your own fullest life. 

After the sudden death of my mother Marilyn in 2013, I put my life, work and grief on hold as I struggled to deal with the estate, paperwork and belongings.

Healing took time — and it took help.

I’m a certified grief coach, and I developed my Curating Grief framework to help people process grief in a creative, accessible way.


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