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.

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

God Moments: Embracing Divine Encounters in Everyday Life

Mary Ellen Collins | December 6, 2023

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to overlook the subtle miracles that unfold around us—what . . . 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

You Will Be Healed

The Podcast Team | September 15, 2023

As motherless daughters, we often wish God could remove the pain and struggle from our lives. Whether we lost our . . . 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

Finding Home

Sarah Accoridino | August 2, 2023

On December 18, 1997 my mother, a mother of 5 children including myself, was driving home when someone ran a . . . 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

To the Girl Who Had to Grow Up Too Fast

Shyanne Dorrity | July 19, 2023

This is a letter to the girl who had to grow up too fast. To the girl who watched her . . . 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

Survival Mode

C.A.Bleu | April 26, 2023

Struggling through survival mode? Through our suffering we grow and learn to identify our strengths. We just don’t see it . . . 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

I Am Lovable

Kristin Mitchener | April 12, 2023

The subject of love has been on my mind since I set out on my healing journey over a decade . . . 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

You Will be Healed, it's Only a Matter of Time

Sarah Lynn Wells | April 5, 2023

Since sharing my last post, I have sat down numerous times to write again but have suffered from writer’s block. . . . 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

What Did I Do?

Elyse Kehe | March 15, 2023

Since my mother passed away nearly 17 years ago, I have become quite a connoisseur of “self-help” methods. I was, . . . 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

Season of Searching

C.A. Bleu | December 7, 2022

Winter has a way of revealing. After the beauty of Fall, when the colors of gratitude fade, we find the . . . 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

Earnest Enough to be Honest

Lovely Marie | November 30, 2022

In prayer this morning thanking God for peace. I ask Him to deliver me, use me, try me or even . . . Read More

Create a Family Thanksgiving: Starting a New Tradition in the Face of Loss

Mary Ellen Collins | November 23, 2022

I want to talk to you about celebrating holidays. And really what we have to do as motherless daughters is . . . 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

I Need Your Help

Mary Ellen Collins | October 9, 2022

The Motherless Daughters Ministry wants to know how to best serve you in 2023.  After listening to Mary Ellen’s video, . . . Read More

Broken and Remade

C.A.Bleu | October 26, 2022

I recently listened to a devotional called ‘Killing Comparison with Nona Jones’ on the Holy Bible app. Something about the . . . 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

Our True Comforter

Sara Lynn Wells | September 21, 2022

Lightning flashed as I jolted awake to an all too familiar scene of my little boy standing by the bed . . . Read More

My Testimony

Mary Ellen Collins | September 14, 2022

“If you can?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; . . . 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


C.A.Bleu | September 7, 2022

Forgiveness is hard, maybe I just make it harder than it should be? When we feel hurt or harmed by . . . Read More

I’m Fine, You’re Fine, We’re All Fine! 

C. A. Bleu | August 31, 2022

I like to write, as you can tell, but its hard to write about painful things. Things we all keep . . . 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

2022 Journey Retreat

Mary Ellen Collins | August 24, 2022

God says, “I’m coming. Are you?”   Trusting God in times of doubt is a real test of faith.  Being obedient . . . Read More


Tina Elliott | August 17, 2022

In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait . . . 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

Death Stings

Lovely Marie | August 10, 2022

Its 3:21 am. It’s Mother’s Day. Second night in a row I can’t sleep. I pray. I talk to God. . . . Read More

Where Unconditional Love is found

Cathy DiBella | August 3, 2022

The minute you walk in the door, you are loved, accepted for who you are and where you are on . . . Read More


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

A Second Chance:

Janna | July 27, 2022

My Journey Through Physical and Emotional Mother Loss New beginnings  Exchanging marriage vows with my husband was by far the . . . Read More

Accepting Never

Lovely Marie | July 20, 2022

This week of fasting and prayer ended in a foot washing service for our St. Ministry Team.   Mother’s Day is . . . 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

27 Mothers Days Without my mom

Dr. Jane Richardson | July 13, 2022

She was the definition of kindness and generosity.  She was the premier example of good manners and a gracious heart.  . . . Read More

To Be OK or Not To Be

Lovely Marie | July 6, 2022

 I’m keenly aware of the pain that comes with Mother’s Day. It’s not the pain of not having children nor . . . 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

Conversations in the Bathroom Mirror

C.A. Bleu. | June 29, 2022

If we are all being honest, I know I’m not the only one out there that seems to have brief . . . Read More

Celebrate Me

Lovely Marie | June 22, 2022

 I received the ring I bought myself for Mother’s Day today. I usually crochet roses, make, sweet treats, or some . . . 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

You're Stronger Now

Rekita Chenault | June 15, 2022

It was the day of my brother’s graduation from high school. I was so proud of him. I had my . . . Read More

Victim No More

Tina Elliott | June 8, 2022

There once was a child lost and alone;   she struggled with thoughts of having no home.  Darkness prevailed as life moved . . . 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

Do you know why God made rutabagas?

Mary Ellen Collins | June 1, 2022

Do you know why God made rutabagas? Yeah, I said rutabagas God uses everything, even rutabagas to make his presence . . . Read More


Christine Fishel | May 25, 2022

My mom wore satiny nightgowns: pale blue, light pink, sometimes yellow. They were sleeveless or cap-sleeved, decorated at the bodice . . . 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

We Can Choose How It Ends

Rekita Chenault | May 18, 2022

To go to a place where you can let go of all of your troubles and worries and just be . . . Read More

Is Mother's Day Difficult for You?

Mershon Niesner | May 7, 2022

Join one of our blog writers and her friend who is another motherless daughter & author as they share stories . . . 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

Light at the End of the Tunnel

Rekita Chenault | May 4, 2022

It was going to be my first day of middle school. Although I was sad about the summer ending, I . . . 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

Who Will Protect Me

Rekita Chenault | April 20, 2022

I remember that night, like yesterday, before it happened. Me, my sister and brothers brought our mattresses, blankets, and pillows . . . 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

Learning to Forgive

Rekita Chenault | April 6, 2022

When you are hurt time and time again, you can start to resent other people because you don’t want to . . . 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 Rainbow Always Shines Through

Rekita Chenault | March 23, 2022

How do you deal with a whirlwind of emotions that feel like they’re going to overtake you on a regular . . . 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

Sudden Loss, Anticipated Loss, and Non-death Loss: What’s the Difference?

Mary Ellen Collins | March 9, 2022

Mother loss binds us all together. Mother loss is the commonality but there are differences. There is no one loss . . . 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

Longing to Be Loved

Rekita Chenault | February 23, 2022

When the one that gave birth to you doesn’t want to provide the simple thing called love, that you need, . . . 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

Dear Supporter of the Motherless Daughters Ministry Community

Mary Ellen Collins | February 2, 2022

I feel so lucky to get to be the person to thank you for supporting the ministry.  On behalf of . . . 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

Is It Safe To Grieve The Mom You Don't Have?

Maya | December 29, 2021

Do you strive for love from your mom? Beg for validation and affection? Sit alone and cry because you want . . . 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

Birthday Blues

Kristin Mitchener | November 10, 2021

It’s my mother’s birthday on Friday. I never considered her birthday to be a trigger for my childhood trauma, but . . . 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

Just Get Over It

Maya | November 3, 2021

“Just Get Over It”  “The worst wounds, the deadliest of them, aren’t the ones people see on the outside.   They’re the . . . 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

108-Day Journey

Kristin Mitchener | October 6, 2021

“Let me know, let me know when I’ve got room to run” – Dermot Kennedy I’m very much moved by . . . Read More

6 Lessons from Squirrel Watching

Mary Ellen Collins | September 29, 2021

What can a squirrel teach us about overcoming obstacles?    I love nature and try to spend as much time outdoors . . . 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

Respect - The untold story of a motherless daughter

Mary Ellen Collins | September 22, 2021

Stories are often hidden from what we know and see.  Actually they are right in front of us if we . . . Read More

What Causes A Mother To Be EMOTIONALLY Absent?

Maya | September 15, 2021

What causes a mother to not want to be around, be involved, or demonstrate love and interest in her child? . . . 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

Before You Roll Your Eyes Daughter

Amanda Loduca | September 8, 2021

Oh, my girl. If only you could know someday how many times I stare at the video monitor after you’re . . . Read More

My World Awakens

Kristin Mitchener | September 1, 2021

I’m sitting outside listening to the birds chirp their language of life and presence. Something about birds has always intrigued . . . 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

All of Me Toward My Destiny

Amanda Loduca | August 25, 2021

About a month ago I grew unusually, irrationally irritable over something small. I get cranky sometimes, but this time was . . . Read More

Restoration- Beauty from ashes

Julie Thompson | August 18, 2021

One of the hardest things I’ve ever done was to reach out for help.   One of the best things I’ve ever . . . 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

Navigating Relational Conflict

Maya Megiddo | August 12, 2021

Choosing A Different Path Than My Mother Taught Me  Did you grow up in a home with an emotionally absent . . . Read More

Journey of Healing Part 3 – Seeing the World Through the Traumas of Our Past

Dottie Menkhaus | August 4, 2021

We filter our world through the traumas of our past. Our traumas build the lenses through which we view everything . . . Read More

Where Do You Hide?

Maya | July 28, 2021

When I was adopted I was given a new name —my mom’s middle and my dad’s last name. To be given something so . . . Read More

Dealing With Difficult Mother Stories

Mershon Niesner | July 21, 2021

The taboos about dissing our mothers, and the myths of motherhood which portray all mothers as loving, serve to isolate . . . Read More

The Lessons of Flesh and Stone

Amanda Loduca | July 14, 2021

You’d think a 29-year-old woman would have outgrown her fear of the dark. For the most part I had, but . . . Read More

Can My DNA Tell Me if I Was Wanted?

Maya | July 7, 2021

The results were in. As I clicked the link I wasn’t sure what I was looking at, but there were all kinds . . . Read More

The Complexities of Creature Comforts

Amanda Loduca | June 30, 2021

(A Story about Losing) Losing My Family Unit The reason a bathroom was chosen for the important talk was anyone’s guess. . . . Read More

Preparing for THE anniversary

Mershon Niesner | June 23, 2021

It happened in New York, April 10th, nineteen years ago. Even my hand balks at the date. I had to . . . Read More

Heart-Crushing Contenders Death vs. Abandonment

Anonymous | June 16, 2021

My first major depression happened after my husband of 6 years left out of the blue. The only explanation I . . . Read More

Journey of Healing Part 2 - The Storms of Uncertainty

Dottie Menkhaus | June 9, 2021

With the storms of life comes uncertainty. The waves crash around us, tossing our boat around. We feel vulnerable. Will the . . . Read More

Journey of Healing Part 1 - Vulnerability in sharing my story

Dottie Menkhaus | June 2, 2021

I hate vulnerability. It is painful, uncomfortable, and frightening. I hate uncertainty, too. I want to be certain of everything. . . . Read More

The Risk of Forgiveness

Danielle Ilacqua | May 26, 2021

At the end of 2019, I quit my secure City job as Assistant General Counsel to go on a two-month mission trip . . . Read More

Trust the Resilience in Yourself and Others

Mershon Niesner | May 19, 2021

The human capacity for burden is like bamboo- far more flexible than you’d ever believe at first glance. Jodi Picoult, author . . . Read More

When Mother Doesn’t Reach Back

Pat Kuykendoll | May 12, 2021

Non Death Loss and the Emotionally Absent Mother  We are created with a natural desire to reach for another…and this . . . Read More

Happy Mother's Day

Mershon Niesner | May 5, 2021

Dear Motherless Daughter, You’re probably not looking forward to Mother’s Day this year—or any year. I’ve been motherless since I . . . Read More

He makes Beauty out of Ashes

Heather Wolper | April 28, 2021

I’m no stranger to grief. Over the years she has settled in and become as familiar as the feeling left . . . Read More

What Really Happens Inside a Motherless Daughters Class?

Maya | April 18, 2021

Can 6 Weeks Really Make A Difference?  I felt like I was holding in a lifetime of pain, a dark . . . Read More

Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers: Accepting the Limitations Of My Mom

Maya | April 11, 2021

How Do I Know If I Have Accepted My Mother’s Limitations? In the book “Will I Ever Be Good Enough?” . . . Read More

How do you celebrate being unwanted?

Maya (Guest writer) | April 4, 2021

April 22. The day started out as the happiest one of my life. I was being adopted by my current . . . Read More

Ending The Pattern - Part 2 of 2

Maya (Guest writer) | March 28, 2021

When the girl is healed, the woman will come out. -Author Unknown A story lives within each of us. And . . . Read More

Ending the Pattern pt 1 of 2

Maya (Guest writer) | March 21, 2021

On my healing journey, I continue to struggle with the knowing that I was just a “thing” to the mom who adopted me. A thing . . . Read More

The Obesity of Grief

Mary Ellen Collins | March 14, 2021

We are fat with loss. As I waddle through the day, grief has become my go-to food of choice. I . . . Read More

Am I Enough Just the Way I Am?

Maya (Guest writer) | March 7, 2021

• Face To Face Church service ended and, on my way, out, there she was—my adoptive mom. It’s been five . . . Read More

A Frenchman and a child

Kristin Mitchener | February 28, 2021

A Saboteur.  It sounds like a handsome, romantic, traveling Frenchman.  Oh, how I wish it were. After two decades of dumping on . . . Read More

Treasured Keepsake

Mershon Niesner | February 21, 2021

What’s your most treasured keepsake from your mother? – by Mershon Niesner My most treasured keepsake is an old-fashioned ring with . . . Read More

Rules to be written

Kristin Mitchener | February 14, 2021

I  finished  House Rules  tonight, underlining and scribbling notes in the margins because I couldn’t find my highlighter.  I saw . . . Read More

That which brings healing

Kristin Mitchener | February 7, 2021

I am reading  The Memory Palace  by Mira Bartok. Her memories take shape as a house or maybe a castle. Nevertheless, . . . Read More

Bridal Shower Boundaries

Kristin Mitchener | January 31, 2021

What happens when you see your mother for the first time in 8 years at your younger sister’s bridal shower: . . . Read More

Sharing stories of a Mother's last words

Mershon Niesner | January 24, 2021

On the morning I learned that my thirty-four-year-old mother had died, May 24, 1954, my dad also shared with me her . . . Read More

Self Validation

Maya (Guest writer) | January 17, 2021

A child can take a piece of ripped, wrinkled construction paper, a broken crayon, scribble something not even decipherable and yet be ever so proud. Proud . . . Read More

It's been two years

Chris Fishel | January 10, 2021

It’s been two years. And I’m just starting to grieve. I’ve forgotten whole parts of that first year. My husband’s family . . . Read More

Dear mom

January 3, 2021

Dear Mom by Maya (Guest Writer) I wish you could have been there for me and tucked me in just . . . Read More

When Missing Consumes

December 27, 2020

By Maya (Guest writer) Adopted twice. Still motherless. I’ve felt the agony of not knowing who I was. Of not . . . Read More

When You Have No Friends

Kristin Mitchener | December 20, 2020

I look around me, and I see no friends. No shopping buddies, coffee dates or spa partners. I have my . . . Read More

Choosing Vulnerability

December 13, 2020

by Maya (Guest writer) Growing up, my adoptive mom believed you should never pick up a crying baby. The thought . . . Read More

On the Journey to Medication Adherence

December 6, 2020

by Kristin Mitchener I’ve been trying to find a way to say without saying that I have a problem taking . . . Read More

How Do I Say Good-bye to the Mother I Never Had?

November 29, 2020

by Maya (Guest writer) I dreamed of having a mom I could always call. Always go home to. The sound . . . Read More

The Healing Power of Friendship

November 22, 2020

by Dottie Menkhaus On the anniversary of my mother’s death, Ann* came over to teach me how to cook. We . . . Read More

Navigating old waters in a new way - The Impact That The Emotionally Absent Mother Class Had On Me

Maya | November 15, 2020

by Maya (guest writer) Leading up to this class, my husband had just left me. I was drowning in the . . . Read More

Effects of Narcissism on Me

November 15, 2020

by Cathy DiBella Narcissism falls across a broad spectrum. We can detect some narcissists quickly, while others take more time. . . . Read More

Creating Connection with Your Children When Your Own Mother Was Emotionally Absent

November 8, 2020

by Pat Kuykendoll Women who have emotionally absent mothers often begin motherhood without a template of how to connect to . . . Read More

A Friend Remembered

November 1, 2020

by Dottie Menkhaus We all tend to live our lives never knowing how we impact and influence others around us. . . . Read More

A Journey Through the Emotionally Absent Mother Class, Realizations

October 25, 2020

by Kristin Mitchener Read the first blogs in this series here: An Introduction to the Emotionally Absent Mother Class Blog . . . Read More

A Journey Through the Emotionally Absent Mother Class, #3 EAM Class Check-in

October 18, 2020

by Kristin Mitchener Read the first blogs in this series here: An Introduction to the Emotionally Absent Mother Class Blog . . . Read More

A Journey Through the Emotionally Absent Mother Class, First Class - Readings

October 11, 2020

by Kristin Mitchener Read the first blogs in this series here: An Introduction to the Emotionally Absent Mother Class Blog . . . Read More

A Journey Through the Emotionally Absent Mother Class, #1 Pre-EAM

October 4, 2020

by Kristin Mitchener Read the first blog in the series: An Introduction to the Emotionally Absent Mother Class Blog Post . . . Read More

An Introduction to the Emotionally Absent Mother Class Blog Post Series

September 27, 2020

My name is Kristin and I am the adult child of an emotionally absent mother. I want to share with . . . Read More

Healing the Heart in Wounded Attachment

September 20, 2020

by Patricia Kuykendoll We are born with eternity in our heart and mind. We enter a world of brokenness but . . . Read More

Voicing My Truth

September 13, 2020

by Kristin Mitchener I have fears about my mother, irrational maybe, but based on her past behavior nothing would surprise . . . Read More

Roadside Journeys

September 6, 2020

poem by Gina Ellis She journeys along country roads with an expectant sidelong gaze, looking for fancy crowns of white, . . . Read More

F-E-A-R, Forget Everything and Run or Rise?

Mary Ellen Collins | August 30, 2020

How do we face fear living in this pandemic crisis? The Coronavirus lurks and waits to attack. The last four . . . Read More

Power of Prayer

Danielle Ilacqua | August 23, 2020

Patience doesn’t just land on your lap because you pray for it. God allows a situation to manifest in your . . . Read More

When Cancer Scares

August 16, 2020

by Angela Bergmann I found a lump in my breast on January 1, 2019. Surely this isn’t serious, I thought. . . . Read More

It's Gone!!!

Cathy DiBella | August 9, 2020

After going out for dinner one evening with my husband, I had no desire to go back home to isolation. . . . Read More

The Sound of Peace

August 2, 2020

by Gina Ellis My childhood sanctuary was my grandparents’ home. I walked their land exploring nature. I danced under the . . . Read More

A Distant Father

July 26, 2020

By Cathy DiBella Did I have a good father? No. Was he emotionally absent, narcissistic? Yes. Did he spend time . . . Read More

Viral Grief

Dottie Menkhaus | July 19, 2020

Living through the coronavirus pandemic among pieces of our shattered world has been difficult and exhausting. I have often struggled . . . Read More

The Hidden Volcano

Dottie Menkhaus | June 28, 2020

One day, a small lump appeared in the middle of the living room carpet. It was about the size of . . . Read More