Sadly, I belong to this group. I lost my mom in 2011 to Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. For most of my life we were together daily. When she got to the point where she could no longer accompany me to the many places we would go, I used to look over at the passenger seat and cry because it was empty. I don’t think anyone can really understand the impact that losing a mother can do until it happens to you. I am so very glad for support groups, such as this one. Although I may not comment much I do stop in to read the comforting words that are written by those in this very supportive group.
Today I am talking to the creator of the Facebook Group, Daughters Without Mothers.
Please welcome Erica
Hello I’m a 36 year old wife and mother of one. I’m a restaurant manager by day and I freelance writer by night. I recently relocated back to my hometown of Salisbury, Maryland after living in Virginia Beach, Virginia for seven years.
Please tell the readers a little about the group.
My group is called Daughters Without Mothers we have 392 members to date. I started the group about six years ago. The group is compiled of females only who have lost their mothers or mother figures. Often loved ones and friends try to comfort and console during your time of loss, but if you haven’t been thru the grieving process of actually losing your mother, you can’t even imagine the pain and suffering one endures while trying to go on with life without your mother.
What inspired you to create this group?
I was inspired to start this group after years of grieving the loss of my mother and at the time, feeling that there was no outlet of support or direct connection with other women who were going thru the same thing I was. I lost my mother suddenly without warning on Mother’s Day 2002. I found her looking as though she was sleeping peacefully. I was twenty one years old and I had a younger sister whom I immediately became responsible of. Prior to the death of my mom, I hadn’t experienced any real or significant type of loss so I had no idea what to expect. My mother was forty six years old, fairly young. All of my friends and family all pretty much still had their mothers so I found that I couldn’t really look to them for any type of guidance as I began the long process of mourning. They offered whatever type of support they could but the fact of the matter was they didn’t understand what I was feeling, no matter how much they wanted to. I felt alone and sad, which really hindered my healing process. I woke up one day and said I was going to come up with an idea to make sure no other woman would have to feel this way.
What would you like this group to accomplish?
I hope to be able to reach each and every woman who has or will go thru the process of losing their mother. That they know there is an outlet of other women who have gone thru the same exact process and that we are available to talk, listen, cry or whatever is needed at the time. I love my group and my members do as well. We are hoping to start having functions around the country to be able to physically meet and greet each other.
Thank you Erica for taking the time to tell us about this much needed group!
Click on the link to find this Facebook group – Daughters Without Mothers
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