Who is a motherless daughter?
A motherless daughter can be a woman who has experienced mother loss through death of her mother, either by early loss before her 20s or later loss after her 20s. A motherless daughter could be a woman who has experienced a mother who may have quit nurturing her at an earlier age, and then she loses her mother again through death as an adult. This is defined as a double loss. A motherless daughter might be a woman who has a living mother but has never experienced her mother’s nurturing care.
How do we serve?
We serve by freeing women from the bondage of grief and loss through self-discovery, understanding how loss has shaped their lives, and by empowering them to journey towards healing themselves, and helping others.
Motherless Daughter Studies
Based on the book, Motherless Daughters: A Legacy of Loss 2nd edition by Hope Edelman, this class is offered 6-7 times a year at multiple sites. The book chronicles the author’s brave search for healing following the death of her mother when she was 17. It is based on hundreds of interviews with women who lost their mothers from childhood ages through adult years. Although the author’s perspective may not be factually similar to your time and situation of loss, previous classes have resulted in an emerging trend of revelations.
No matter at what point or how we become motherless daughters, our understanding and appreciation for the profound effect of mother loss leads us on an enlightened journey of fellowship with Hope Edelman’s book as a guide. We will utilize scripture and The Motherless Daughters Ministry Workbook by Mary Ellen Collins to enhance the learning experience.
The study searches for understanding of:
- How the absence of a mother’s nurturing hand shapes a woman’s identity
- How present-day relationships are shaped by past losses
- How mother loss influences our style of mothering
- How the grief of mother loss surfaces throughout our lifetime
- How we experience living beyond our mother’s final years
Are you ready for this healing journey? Classes are offered 6-7 times per year at various sites.
Motherless Daughters Topical Study Groups
These study groups cover specific issues related to mother loss, such as:
- The Emotionally Absent Mother
- Total Forgiveness
- Will I Ever Be Good Enough – The Narcissistic Mother
Motherless Daughters Accountability Partners or Groups
These can be created for women who have completed the Motherless Daughters Class and wish to continue to meet.
The women who serve in the Motherless Daughters Ministry are highly trained and skilled servant leaders who facilitate the healing journey of women who have either lost or missed the nurturing care of their mother. They have completed the Motherless Daughters Journey class as a participant, and have successfully completed specialized training for the servant leader role they are doing. They may serve as a facilitator, a discussion group leader, or as a volunteer leader in capacities from being a prayer partner to organizing small to large projects.