This is a life-affirming 12-week study based on the book, Motherless Daughters: A Legacy of Loss 2nd edition by Hope Edelman. 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.
Let’s first start by defining 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 having 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. Which one of these defines you?
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?