I’ve put off writing about Mother’s Day this year, even though many folks now face this arguably difficult holiday for the first time while grieving loved ones. Within my own community, too many families carry on the best they can while bereaved over children, parents, siblings, spouses, and friends who’ve died in the last year.
If someone you care about — or even someone you know only as a casual acquaintance — has endured the death of a loved one, please let them know you’re thinking of them. Whether they respond to your outreach or not, they will know they were offered your kindness, which those who mourn sorely need.
I hope these posts I’ve already written about Mother’s Day topics will encourage you with ways you can show tangible support to grieving friends:
- In Mourning on Mother’s Day, I’ve shared how much I mourn and miss my own mom on Mother’s Day — even decades after her death.
- A Widow’s Thoughts about Mother’s Day suggests specific ways to offer support to bereaved spouses — and parents.
- And Mother’s Day Mourning reveals a few of the many reasons Mother’s Day evokes grief and pain from silent or unseen sources.
While commercials may tout bright, fancy ways to commemorate Mother’s Day, please remember that comfort in grief often comes in the simplest ways. You don’t have to do something big to make a difference, but please do something.