Mother’s Day is a day set aside to honor mothers and mother figures. Almost everywhere around the world there is a day specified to honor mothers, grandmothers and other special women important in your life. The second Sunday in May was designated in the United States to recognize mothers and the positive effect they have on society. The celebration of Mother’s Day is attributed to Anna Jarvis who was born in Virginia in 1864 and died in Pennsylvania in 1948. She wanted to honor her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis who founded Mother’s Day Work Clubs formed to improve sanitary and health conditions and cared for both Union and Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. But how do you handle Mother’s Day when your mother is no longer with you?
Take action in the name of your mother. Every year the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure raises money to end breast cancer. Visit with the women at the senior citizens home. Often the residents do not get visits from their families. A visit on this special day would be greatly appreciated. You can volunteer to help women at the local homeless shelter or shelter for battered or abused women.
Honor your mother by going to a faith institution. You can say a prayer or light a candle in your Mother’s name. Lighting a candle is an act of hope. Take the time to reflect on your mother then light a candle in her memory.
Make a memory box. Making a memory box of keepsakes can be a gift that can be passed down from generation to generation. Include things that your mother adored or cherished. You might include pictures, a believed video, record album CD or DVD. Her favorite perfume, nail polish, handkerchief, blouse or sweater would be great to include. A ribbon, letter, note, drawing, doodle or anything that you feel is special should be included in the box. Find or purchase a sturdy box whatever size you want and decorate as you think she would like it. Put it in a safe place and look at it every Mother’s Day. Share with your loved ones and pass it down through the family.
Write a poem or story about your mother or mother figure. Writing as therapy or journaling is a good way to work through emotional trauma and stress. Special days like Mother’s Day and other holidays can bring on a sense of loneliness and loss. Writing down your fond memories and thoughts and feelings in a poem or story is a great way to spend your Mother’s Day. Chronicling those funny stories, happy times or difficult and awkward occasions may one day turn into a number one best seller.
Take a trip in your mother’s memory. Visit her favorite place or where she always wanted to go. Take a trip to the site of the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, Virginia which marked the first Mother’s Day on May 10, 1908.
This is in remembrance of my mother.