Mother’s day for the bereaved

If you’re grieving today because it’s Mother’s Day, I want to give you a hug.

A hug if you’re a bereaved mother.
A hug if you’ve lost your mother.
A hug if you’re separated from your mother or your child by distance or disownment.
A hug if you cannot have children and want them so badly it hurts.

Today at church, it was not only Mother’s Day (so they handed out carnations that the small children immediately snapped at the stems) but also First Holy Communion for the second graders. Emily would have been in second grade this year.

And now I’m cleaning out my desk drawer and found a copy of a poem that has me sad. Actually, I’m crying. So I’ve stopped cleaning for a minute to post it. The original poem is located here and is also in the book “Trying Again” by Ann Douglas, but I’ve rearranged it with photos of my own “different child.” Emily is the baby in the middle; every other baby is Kiddo#2. You should be able to click on the image to get it at a readable size.


  1. karen ^.,.^

    {{hugss}} and much love

  2. Kit

    Happy Mother’s Day to you, Jane! I’ve posted one of my favorites from Erma Bombeck in honor of the day – made me think of you, with the angel conversation! 🙂

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