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Wow, I had no idea about this interesting bit of Mother's Day history!
May 9, 2009 by The Grief Blog
Mother’s Day is a bittersweet day for those of you who have lost a child or for those of you who are mourning the death of your mother.
We encourage you to find a way to not only “get through it” but make it meaningful to you. There are as many ways to do that as there are people who are grieving. It’s hard when the TV is belching commercials at you at every program break trying to get you to buy all kinds of stuff. It’s o.k. to mute the sound, go get a drink or just ignore them altogether.
An interesting piece of history is that Mother’s Day in the U.S. started with a proclamation written by Julia Ward Howe. She called for a gathering of women to mourn the sons killed in the civil war and protest the futility of “their sons killing the sons of other mothers”. It wasn’t until 1962 that it became the hallmark celebration of commercialization that we have today.
So mourn if you need to, find comfort in those things that comfort you, and look for hope in knowing that others have made it before you and you can make it, too. It is only one day. You can do this.
Our love and best wishes,
Drs. Gloria and Heidi