OUR COMMUNITY

STORIES OF STRENGTH AND COMPASSION

Sharing our stories is vital in helping our community remember they’re not alone in how they feel, and that shared experiences make us stronger.

Our members are a close community and we’re honoured to have just a few of them share their stories with us. 

If you’re looking to understand mother loss, or unpack your own experience, these stories from our community will help. Some are heartbreaking, some are uplifting. All of them are unique. 

FEATURE STORY

Mary's story: a whole new world

Witnessing your mum go through such a tough battle makes you realise many things. Those hopes and dreams of having her there on your wedding day, being the best grandma to your children, your first heart break and many more are all taken away.

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Community STORIES

Living without Mum

Fiona's Story: grief is simply love with no place to go

I thought about Mum all the time during that first year with my baby, wishing she could be there to guide me on this new motherhood journey. It made my heart ache so much picturing her as a grandmother and knowing how much she would have loved my baby girl.

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Finding Support

Kate's story: grief is never ending

In December 2021 it will be two years since Mum passed away. I have spent these past two years getting to know myself on a whole new level. I have learned to sit with those uncomfortable feelings until they pass.

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Finding Support

Claire's story: I am a motherless daughter

I do believe I can grow around my grief though, like Mum grew around her illness, and like I have grown, somehow, after her passing. Even though I didn’t think I wanted to, or that it was possible.

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Living with Grief

Anne's story: making beauty from pain

This loss is the kind of pain nobody knew how to be around, and few chose to, especially because my mother’s death was taboo. She died by suicide, and as a mother of young children this was an act so unusual and so misunderstood.

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Living without Mum

Fiona's Story: grief is simply love with no place to go

I thought about Mum all the time during that first year with my baby, wishing she could be there to guide me on this new motherhood journey. It made my heart ache so much picturing her as a grandmother and knowing how much she would have loved my baby girl.

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Living with Grief

Mary's story: a whole new world

Witnessing your mum go through such a tough battle makes you realise many things. Those hopes and dreams of having her there on your wedding day, being the best grandma to your children, your first heart break and many more are all taken away.

READ

MEDIA CENTRE

Article

Motherless Daughters Australia: #honouringher

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Her Canberra
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Support for those without mums on Mother's Day

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ABC News
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Allison Langdon: 'A message for the women grieving this Mother's Day'

Published by
9 Honey
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‘I wish she could see her grandchildren’: MP Katie Allen on the pain of losing her mum at 28

Published by
Sydney Morning Herald
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Article

Mt Waverley: Maddie Taylor’s courage after losing mother to cancer

Published by
Herald Sun
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Article

My first mother’s day as a mum is also my first without my mum. The grieving is relentless, but I’ve found support.

Published by
Women’s Agenda
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Article

Allison Langdon: 'A message for the women grieving this Mother's Day'

Published by
9 Honey
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Article

‘I wish she could see her grandchildren’: MP Katie Allen on the pain of losing her mum at 28

Published by
Sydney Morning Herald
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