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 or person over and over? It may be you really have not understood what you really need to forgive. What are your losses? How did the losses affect your life? Each time we lose something, it changes who we are. Our identity is different. Each loss forges a new road to forgiveness. When you can become clearer about what you need to forgive, the road becomes straighter. Each loss plays a central part of being alive and to avoid loss is to avoid being alive.
This 6-week class focuses on the following objectives:
- Identifying the top 3 losses that still affect you today.
- Identifying when they happened, how these losses changed your life, your feelings, and your reactions to these losses.
- Feeling the pain associated with these loses.
- Understanding the unfamiliar territory of the grief process.
- Creating a journal related to feelings, beliefs, behaviors, and outcomes of anger.
- Identifying the issues, events, and emotions that you have been holding on to in regards to your loss and making a decision about what you want to do with these.
- Begin to forge a new identity as you peel back the layers of who you are.
- Create a memorial to your loss.
- Identify and seek out persons who may be companions on your journey.
- Discover new parts of yourself that you might miss if you were to walk alone.
The Road to Forgiveness class begins Sept. 5, 2017.
Have you ever felt that losing your mother was much more than a physical death or loss of nurturing? The emotional loss is almost as overpowering. Have you wondered if there are other women who feel the same way and long to connect to each other? You are not alone. Maybe you’ve never even talked about your mother loss experience because it’s just too painful or uncomfortable. Maybe you need to read on…maybe this is for you, your time to be affirmed, to feel loved, to reflect, to quiet yourself…so you can begin healing.
The Journey: Healing the Wounds of Mother Loss One Step at a Time focuses on mother loss & its effect on your life, how her absence shapes your identity, influences your style of mothering and relationships, how your grief surfaces throughout your lifetime, and how you experience living beyond your mother’s final years. This 12-week class could literally change your life. Are you ready?
The Journey Class begins on Sept. 6, 2017.
In this 6-week class, we will be using the book Will I Ever Be Good Enough: Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers by Dr. Karyl McBride Ph.D. We will work to instill an understanding and realization of your mother’s condition and the effects that her narcissism has had on your life. Narcissism is often rooted in family history. It is a life long struggle to break the bonds. This understanding empowers self-trust and self-acceptance of who you are today and that YOU are good enough. Will I ever be good enough is not really a question but it is a judgment. It is a message that you may have received from your mother. It implies that we are not good enough and so what may happen is that we judge ourselves and assume others are judging us critically.
Daughters of the Narcissistic Mother will begin on Oct. 12, 2017.
Connections and Conversations
As we face life’s daily challenges, we might ask ourselves, “Why am I feeling this way? How should I respond? I’m overwhelmed, what should I do or who can I talk to?” We all have relationship issues, whether at work, home or in our community. Know that you are not alone in this journey of “womanhood.”
Motherless Daughters Ministry’s “Connections & Conversations” group can help you process your feelings and choices. We meet monthly, in an informal, yet supportive setting to discuss how mother loss, whether through death, neglect or absence, has affected us as women. Motherless Daughters is a non-profit organization that hopes to serve you; join us to connect, laugh, talk and know you are not alone.
Fall 2017 Meeting Dates: August 7, October 2, November 6, December 4
Volunteer, Donors, Hosts and New Motherless Daughters Picnic
This invitation only picnic will take place on Sunday, September 24, 2017. It is for 2017 volunteers, donors, hosts, and new motherless daughters. Specific location details will be sent via invitation.
2018 is shaping up to bring you even more – High Performance Communications, You Were Made for More, the Emotionally Absent Mother, the Journey Retreat, Bible Art Journaling, Facilitator Training, and monthly Connections and Conversations group. Stay tuned! It will be an exciting time!
Whew! We are busy. Hope to meet you at one of these classes or events.
Mary Ellen Collins, Ph.D. – Executive Director