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Within these blogs are stories that will connect you on all levels of mother loss. Regardless of how you became motherless, someone has written their story to share and connect with you. Dig into these blogs and find the words you need to hear. Let these words speak directly into your soul. Let these words connect with you. Let these words affirm that you are not alone in your mother loss journey.

Learning to Forgive


The Podcast Team | February 16, 2024

Being hurt by those you look to for nurturing and support is most painful. It is challenging to continue hoping . . . Read More

Broken & Remade


The Podcast Team | January 5, 2024

A well-known quote says “It’s always darkest just before the dawn.” This episode shares one of the darkest nights in . . . Read More

When the Holidays Are Bittersweet


Sarah Lynn Wells | December 8, 2023

There’s such a pressure to enjoy and be happy during the holiday season. But, for a motherless daughter, it can . . . Read More

Cultivating Thankfulness That Can’t Be Erased


Sarah Lynn Wells | November 24, 2023

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this episode is focused on gratitude. Both God’s word and psychology point to the significant . . . Read More

Voices of Volunteers-Part 4


Sarah Lynn Wells | November 10, 2023

The fourth episode of a series highlighting Motherless Daughters Ministry volunteers. MDM podcast administrator, Sarah Lynn Wells, interviews volunteers to . . . Read More

When Guilt Sets In


Sarah Lynn Wells | October 27, 2023

Motherless Daughters can experience a range of negative emotions as they process and work through their grief journey. For some, . . . Read More

Finding True Rest


Sarah Lynn Wells | October 13, 2023

In our world, busy-ness is often praised and valued. But as motherless daughters, we often find that a constant busy-ness . . . Read More

Voices of Volunteers - #3


The Podcast Team | September 29, 2023

The Motherless Daughters Ministry is fortunate to have a team of great volunteers. This new series highlights MDM podcast administrator, . . . Read More

From Ashes to Beauty


The Podcast Team | September 1, 2023

Ashes are what remain after something has been destroyed by fire. There appears to be no hope for restoration or . . . Read More

The Value of “The EAM"


The Podcast Team | August 18, 2023

The EAM” is “The Emotionally Absent Mother” course offered by The Motherless Daughters Ministry. Our guest writer shared what this . . . Read More

Voices of Volunteers – Part 2


The Podcast Team | August 4, 2023

Our new series highlights The Motherless Daughters Ministry volunteers. MDM podcast administrator, Sarah Lynn Wells, interviews volunteers to learn more . . . Read More

Mothering Without a Mother


The Podcast Team | July 22, 2023

Motherhood is a challenge under the best circumstances to say nothing of doing it without your own mother. This is . . . Read More

True Freedom


The Podcast Team | July 8, 2023

During the Independence Day holiday our thoughts turn to all those who dedicated their lives to the cost of freedom. . . . Read More

Survival Mode


The Podcast Team | June 23, 2023

How much time have you spent living in survival mode?  The pain of grief can be buried so deep that . . . Read More

Voices of Volunteers - M.E.Collins


The Podcast Team | June 9, 2023

Who are the people doing the work behind the scenes for the Motherless Daughters Ministry? This episode is the first . . . Read More

Who We Truly Are


The Podcast Team | May 23, 2023

Who are you? Where do you get your identity? Are you defined by the negative experiences that have shaped your . . . Read More

Surviving Mother's Day


The Podcast Team | May 5, 2023

Mother’s Day is a challenge for the motherless daughters’ community. It brings about a bag of mixed emotions. The different . . . Read More

Flowers and Frisch’s Hot Fudge Cake


The Podcast Team | April 21, 2023

The Motherless Daughters Ministry blogger and volunteer podcast team member, Dottie Menkhaus, shares her reflections on two decades of journeying . . . Read More

My Path to "The Journey"


The Podcast Team | April 7, 2023

“The Journey Retreat: Healing the Wounds of Mother Loss One Step at a Time” was inspired by God and designed . . . Read More

Waves of Grief


The Podcast Team | March 24, 2023

Even when we are overwhelmed with burdens, we can cling to the promises God has given us in His Word. . . . Read More

Dear Strong Woman


The Podcast Team | March 10, 2023

In recognition of Women’s History Month, this podcast authored by MDM blogger, Chris Fischel, shares the touching story of a . . . Read More

Beginning the Rest of My Life


The Podcast Team | January 13, 2023

There comes a time when we need to start again. We need to accept the blunt truth: I am a . . . Read More

F.E.A.R. Revisited


Gladys Bell | December 30, 2022

Dictionaries define fear as a strong, unpleasant and distressing emotion caused by the anticipation or awareness of danger, evil or . . . Read More

Ages & Stages of Loss: 0-6 Revisited


Gladys Bell | December 16, 2022

From birth to 6 years of age is the most significant period for brain development. It has a lasting effect . . . Read More

Ages & Stages of Loss: The 20's - Revisited


Gladys Bell | December 2, 2022

If you experienced mother loss in your 20’s, there may be lasting effects that impact the ability o accomplish goals. . . . Read More

Healing From the Traumas of the Past - Revisited


Gladys Bell | November 18, 2022

In this not-to-be-missed episode Dottie Menkhaus hosts Kristin Mitchener in a discussion about healing from trauma.  That process includes surfacing . . . Read More

The Last Goodbye - Revisited


Gladys Bell | November 4, 2022

If you know a teen who has experienced mother loss, please share this episode. While the Motherless Daughters Ministry target . . . Read More

Ages & Stages of Loss: 6-12 Revisited


Gladys Bell | October 21, 2022

Ages & Stages of Loss: 6-12 Revisited If you experienced mother loss between the ages of 6 and 12, this . . . Read More

Ages & Stages of Loss Introduction - Revisited


Gladys Bell | October 7, 2022

Did you know that you already have the key to understanding the impact mother loss has had on your life? . . . Read More

Who Is a Motherless Daughter? - Revisited 


Gladys Bell | September 23, 2022

Our second most popular podcast brought you 5 voices of experience …..real women, real situations, members of this ministry…telling their . . . Read More

The Beginning of a Ministry - Revisited


Gladys Bell | September 9, 2022

The most popular episode of the first year of our podcast was the story of how the ministry began.  While . . . Read More

Light at the Endo of the Tunnel


Gladys Bell | August 26, 2022

If you cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel, it is practically impossible to even know there . . . Read More

The Risk of Forgiveness


Gladys Bell | August 12, 2022

Learning to live again after a significant loss involves a maze of feelings and emotions. Somewhere under the surface of . . . Read More

F.E.A.R.


Gladys Bell | July 29, 2022

Many of the restrictions have been lifted, but we are still navigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and its . . . Read More

Families: More Than Just Blood Relatives


Gladys Bell | July 15, 2022

How do you define “family?” Who do you consider a part of your family circle? Who are the people who . . . Read More

Remembering My Safe Haven


Gladys Bell | July 1, 2022

The memories of a painful past are still painful as we recall the experience. But the fact that you survived . . . Read More

The Phone Call That Changed My Life


Gladys Bell | June 17, 2022

We remember, in detail, those moments that changed our lives. When triggered, those feelings and emotions wash over us like . . . Read More

The Best Seat in the House


Gladys Bell | June 3, 2022

Those who have provided the secure foundation of our development and lit our pathway will forever remain in our hearts. . . . Read More

Getting Through the Neon Year


Gladys Bell | May 20, 2022

A neon sign cannot be missed. It demands attention and won’t be ignored. In the same way, the neon year . . . Read More

Remembering My Mother


Gladys Bell | May 6, 2022

Mother’s Day brings a lifetime of memories to the forefront. We are bombarded by enticements to spend lots of money . . . Read More

Chasing Turtles


Gladys Bell | April 22, 2022

“I spent my entire life, checking off goal after goal with the unrealistic expectation of becoming the new improved” me. . . . Read More

Dear Childhood Home


Gladys Bell | April 8, 2022

Saying “Goodbye” to your childhood home can be an emotional experience.  Whether you are leaving for the first time or . . . Read More

Getting Rid of the Roots


Gladys Bell | March 25, 2022

Healing is a process. When one suffers trauma such as mother loss at a young age seeds are sown, roots . . . Read More

The Comfort of a Mother


Gladys Bell | March 12, 2022

We never outlive our desire for the comfort of mother. In its absence we seek a replacement. This episode recounts . . . Read More

The Power of Presence


Gladys Bell | February 25, 2022

Emotional presence is a powerful tool for those yielding support to anyone who is in need. It is especially effective . . . Read More

Celebrating Our Black Sisters


Gladys Bell | February 11, 2022

“It’s not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one who is most . . . Read More

Double Loss


Gladys Bell | January 28, 2022

Podcast Losing your mom to death becomes the second round when you have already lost her to a health or . . . Read More

Healing from the Traumas of our Past


Kristin Mitchener | January 14, 2022

Navigating trauma as a motherless daughter can feel like you are drowning in an ocean of grief and shame with . . . Read More

Reflections by a Motherless Daughter


Gladys Bell | December 31, 2021

Podcast On the eve of a new year we, typically, look back on what we came through during the past . . . Read More

Holidays as a Motherless Daughter


Gladys Bell | December 17, 2021

What’s your experience as a motherless daughter? There is no one who has a story identical to yours. But ALL . . . Read More

I Want My Mom


Gladys Bell | December 3, 2021

Surviving the holiday season when you are grieving takes forethought and planning. Regardless of the circumstances around how you become . . . Read More

Please Just Let Me Cry


Gladys Bell | November 5, 2021

Ages & Stages of Loss: The 60’s  The series about, “Ages & Stages of Loss,” ends with the poem below, but there is . . . Read More

I Am Meant to Keep Going


Gladys Bell | October 22, 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, which affects memory, thinking, language and behavior. As it progresses, it . . . Read More

The Age & Stage of Loss: The 50’s


Gladys Bell | October 8, 2021

Although experiencing mother loss in your 50’s is a more common occurrence, it still brings challenges. Life is even more . . . Read More

The Age & Stage of Loss: The 40’s


Gladys Bell | September 24, 2021

New Podcast – Experiencing mother loss in your 40’s brings yet another unique set of circumstances.  Although like the 30’s, . . . Read More

New Podcast - The Last Goodbye


Gladys Bell | September 10, 2021

Our featured special guest for this episode! Dottie Menkhaus is a Motherless Daughters Ministry volunteer, project team member and contributing . . . Read More

New Podcast - Ages & Stages of Loss: The 30's


Gladys Bell | August 27, 2021

Did you experience mother loss in your 30’s. If so, there are lots of women who understand your journey. The . . . Read More

New Podcast - The Age & Stage of Loss: The 20's


Gladys Bell | August 13, 2021

If you experienced mother loss while in your 20’s, there may be lasting effects on the accomplishment of goals. Just . . . Read More