I’ve Been Triggered

By: Mary Ellen Collins “I CAN SPEAK FOR MYSELF,” creeps into my brain whenever I am interrupted or they attempt to reinterpret what I have said. My internal voice is shouting, “Who do you think you are? I can speak for myself. I DO NOT need you to interrupt me...

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Resting

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) I have found that after a life altering experience, a game changer so to speak, i.e. the death of someone you loved so much, resting becomes very difficult. It’s been my personal experience that the loss of my mother has led me at times to...

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Fall 2017 Lineup of Classes and Events

By: Mary Ellen Collins We have been diligently working over the summer to create a fantastic fall lineup of classes and events from the Motherless Daughters Ministry. Here is what is coming up! The Road to Forgiveness Forgiveness is a journey. Ever wonder why you keep forgiving the same thing...

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Why A Diagnosis Brings Relief

By: Christine Fishel My mom received a definitive diagnosis last week. My sister drove us the two-hour drive to mom’s appointment for a PET scan. We were very fortunate to have an appointment just five hours later to receive the results, a benefit of her being enrolled in a research study...

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What’s Your Chicken Noodle Soup?

By: Danielle Ilacqua (Guest Blogger) I stood in front of the freezer and had another meltdown. The tears streamed down my face as I felt that same punch to the gut nauseas feeling the day mom passed. The last frozen container of my mom’s sauce sat on the bottom shelf...

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Casualty’s Creative Side

By: Cara Barth  “Creativity is the Essential Response to Grief.” ~ Clinical psychologist Henry Seiden, Ph.D During the Summer months, I like to catch-up on books I’ve wanted to read, develop some of my business activities and classes, as well as spend some time in more “creative” activities such as gardening...

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If You’re Losing Your Mom To Dementia…

By: Christine Fishel If you are losing your mother to the horror of dementia, let me recommend a book I just read: Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again by Kimberly Williams-Paisley. Copyright 2016 When I am suffering through something difficult, I find solace...

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When Our Stories Connect Us

By: Julie Thompson We began the weekend as strangers, but left as friends and sisters in Christ. From the outside looking in, it wouldn’t appear that we have much in common. Some of us are young adults. Others are grandmothers. Some of us are single. Others are married. Some of us do not have...

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Respite

By: Heather Wolper When my mom was sick, dear friends offered our family an escape from the harsh reality of cancer by the sandy shore of the ocean.  We forgot about treatments and timelines and how many days might be left. We watched the sun rise and fall and dipped...

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I’m Taking Off My Crown

By: Mary Ellen Collins I’m taking off my crown. For almost 50 years, I have lived under a curse. “We don’t like you.” “You are not a part of our family.” “Stay away.” “You are not welcome.” I have even had birthday cards returned to me. These words have pierced...

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