Dottie Menkhaus

Dottie Menkhaus was 16 years old when she lost her mother to breast cancer in 2003. Dottie started attending a Motherless Daughters Ministry (MDM) support group in 2018. Since then,...

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Mirror Image

by Dottie Menkhaus Occasionally I will take a moment and stare at myself in a mirror and smile. It has nothing to do with vanity. Sometimes when I catch a...

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The Last Goodbye

by Dottie Menkhaus Few things are more heart-wrenching than saying that last goodbye to a loved one. My last goodbye to my mother happened when I was 16. The day...

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The Hidden Volcano

by Dottie Menkhaus One day, a small lump appeared in the middle of the living room carpet. It was about the size of a golf ball. We had to be...

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Viral Grief

by Dottie Menkhaus Living through the coronavirus pandemic among pieces of our shattered world has been difficult and exhausting. I have often struggled to make sense of our new way...

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The Comfort of a Mother

by Dottie Menkhaus During this time of global crisis of the Corona virus pandemic, it feels like the world is crashing down around us. The stocks are plunging, everything is...

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A Mother’s Gentle Wisdom

By Dottie Menkhaus Certain days of the year— such as birthdays, anniversaries, and Mother’s Day—are difficult after the loss of your mother. The date on the calendar triggers a tidal...

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The Fear of Loss

By Dottie Jo Menkhaus In my journey as a motherless daughter, I have battled the fear of loss many times. It started when I was 13. My parents sat me...

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