Grieving on Mother's Day
08th March 2020
Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday can be a wonderful day for many, but it can be such a difficult day for some, especially those who are grieving a related loss. Since writing this original blog, Mother's Day will be different for many, due to 'social distancing' and 'self isolation'. So now is the time to think of anyone who may be struggling, through a grief or through these uncertain times.
Of course such a day touches so many - adults/children who have lost their mother, mothers who have lost a child, women who have suffered a miscarriage or are struggling to conceive, those in estranged families, adopted children/adults who maybe don’t know their biological mother, children who have lost a grandmother, grandmothers who have lost a grandchild, husbands and fathers who have lost a wife or daughter, the list goes on. The actual day and the build-up beforehand can be incredibly difficult and evoke powerful memories, emotions and feelings which are truly personal to each individual and each relationship loss.
Just like Father’s Day, Christmas Day and Valentine’s Day, the day is publicised widely many weeks beforehand, appearing on social media, advertisements on TV and radio, with cards, flowers and gifts filling the shops, all of which makes it extremely difficult to avoid or ignore.
So, if you are amongst those who are simply ‘dreading’ the day, what can you do to help survive the day and minimise stress, anxiety and upset?