Mental Health
May 9, 2023

Coping with Mother's Day Grief

Mother's Day is meant to be a time of celebration and gratitude for the women who have nurtured and cared for us throughout our lives. But for those who have lost their mothers, the day can be a painful reminder of their loss. While coping with grief on Mother's Day can be a difficult and emotional process, there are ways to find peace and healing in the midst of the pain. Here we'll explore some strategies for coping with Mother's day grief, including ways to honor your mother, find support, and take care of yourself. We understand how challenging this can be, and we hope these suggestions can help ease some of the pain you may be feeling.

Kahina Beasley (Louis), Psy.D.
Coping with Mother's Day Grief


Losing a mother is one of the most difficult experiences a person can go through. Mothers are often the emotional center of a family, the ones who hold things together and provide a sense of stability and security. When a mother passes, it can feel like the foundation of the family has been ripped away. Coping with Mother's Day grief can be especially challenging because it is a day that is focused on celebrating the moments some still long so deeply for.


Grief is a complex and multifaceted emotion that can manifest in different ways. It is a natural and necessary process that helps us process and come to terms with the loss of a loved one. Coping with Mother's Day grief can be especially challenging because it can bring up feelings of sadness, anger, guilt, and regret. It's important to remember that grief is a normal and natural response to loss and that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. It's okay to feel whatever emotions come up and to take the time you need to process your feelings.


Taking care of yourself is essential when coping with grief, in general, but especially on Mother’s Day. It's important to give yourself permission to take a break from the demands of daily life and to focus on your own emotional well-being. This might include taking a day off work, spending time in nature, or engaging in activities that bring you comfort and joy. Grief can be emotionally and physically exhausting, so it's also important to take care of your physical health by getting enough rest, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly (physical activity releases endorphins, which can help improve mood and reduce stress, and give you another method to help channel your emotions). Self-care activities like taking a warm bath, going for a walk, practicing yoga, or getting a massage or other treatment, can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Sleep is essential for physical and emotional well-being too, especially during times of grief. Try to establish a consistent sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine to promote restful sleep.


One way to cope with mother's day grief is to honor your mother's memory in a way that feels meaningful and significant to you or to even create new traditions. By creating new traditions, you can keep your mother's memory alive and find comfort in the feeling that she is with you in spirit.

  1. Create a Memorial: Creating a memorial in honor of your mother can be a meaningful way to remember her on mother's day. This can be anything from a simple photo display or lighting a candle in her honor, to a more elaborate tribute, like planting a tree or making a donation to a charity in her name.
  2. Celebrate Her Life: Instead of focusing on your mother's passing or the possible trauma leading up to her passing, try to focus on the peaceful, happy moments of her life and the memories you shared together. Consider looking through old photo albums or watching home videos to remember happier times.You could also create a memory book (journal) or scrapbook filled with photos, mementos, and stories that celebrate your mother's life and legacy.
  3. Cook Her Favorite Meal: Cooking your mother's favorite meal is a simple yet powerful way to honor her memory. You might even consider inviting friends or family members to share the meal with you in celebration of your mother's life.
  4. Spend Time In Her Place of Peace: Take some time to reflect on where your mother loved to be. Was it somewhere in nature, like a park or beach? Was it snuggled up in bed watching her favorite show marathons? Was it engaged in an exercise or hobby? Spending time where your mother found peace can bring a sense of peace and connection to you. Engage in what made her feel happy and alive, so that you can feel the same.
  5. Deepen Your Spiritual Connection: Just as every suggestion on this list, this may not apply to everyone. For those who identify as religious or spiritual, turning to your spiritual place of comfort, whether that be a religious reading or meditation exercise, can deepen your spiritual well-being in a way that will reveal more ways to manage your approach to the loss of your mother.
  6. Choose Not to Celebrate: Coping with grief on Mother’s Day might also mean limiting triggers or even complete avoidance to you; and honestly, that’s fine too! Sometimes we don’t want to put in all this effort to cope or memorialize; sometimes, it all just feels way too difficult. Allowing yourself to limit all triggers that may remind you of your mother may be exactly what you need this year. This might include, taking time away from family, removing all access to social media (even for the whole week/weekend, not just the day), or even treating Mother’s Day like any other day, simply choosing not to celebrate/acknowledge it.


Coping with Mother's Day grief can be a lonely and isolating experience. For some, it's important to reach out for support and to connect with others, including those who may be going through a similar experience. This might include talking to a therapist or counselor, joining a grief support group, or connecting with others online through social media or forums. Remember that you don't have to go through this alone. Here are some ways to find support:

  1. Reach Out to Friends and Family: Don't be afraid to reach out to your loved ones for support. You might consider organizing a get-together or simply spending time with loved ones who understand what you're going through.
  2. Join a Support Group: Joining a support group can be a helpful way to connect with others who are experiencing similar grief. Many organizations, like hospice centers or churches, offer grief support groups. You can also find online and local support groups through websites like The Compassionate Friends or GriefShare.
  3. Talk to a Counselor: Talking to a therapist or counselor can be an incredibly helpful way to cope with grief, in general, and grief on Mother’s Day, specifically,. A therapist can provide a safe and supportive space to process your emotions and to work through any unresolved issues or conflicts related to your mother's passing. They can also offer coping strategies and tools to help you manage your grief and find peace and healing in the midst of the pain. We highly recommend that if you are seeking counseling for grief, that you work with a therapist who specializes in this area, so that you know you will be with someone who is knowledgeable and skilled with working through the many complexities of grief.

We wish you the most peaceful of Mother’s Days this year. Grief is a journey, and we’re here to support. If in need of a grief counselor in Florida or Georgia, please feel free to contact us for additional help and services. Take amazing care of yourself!