Resources

LEARN HOW TO GROW FROM GRIEF

There is a growing understanding of the impacts of mother loss. This collection of useful resources can offer support, advice in coping with things, and a lovely way to remember your mum.

FACTSHEETS

Factsheet

WHAT CAN I LEAVE MY Child?

Motherless Daughters Australia feels strongly about ensuring that death doesn’t always have to be so final and confronting for those who are left behind, particularly children.

This fact sheet provides guidance around what to consider when preparing children for life without mum.

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Supporting a Motherless Daughter

Many women and girls whose mothers have died will have family, friends, partners and others who may want to be a source of support.

We understand that this can be a tough time and that it is sometimes difficult to find the right words or know how to help. This fact sheet provides some practical ways you can better support someone you know who has lost their mother.

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Factsheet

Supporting a Motherless Daughter

Many women and girls whose mothers have died will have family, friends, partners and others who may want to be a source of support.

We understand that this can be a tough time and that it is sometimes difficult to find the right words or know how to help. This fact sheet provides some practical ways you can better support someone you know who has lost their mother.

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MEMORIES OF MUM JOURNAL

Art and creative expression can offer great therapeutic value to those who are grieving. It helps both adults and children alike, by providing an outlet and space to explore feelings and communicate in a unique and creative way.

Memories of Mum is a journal aimed at supporting children aged 4+ who have experienced mother loss. It helps to make sense of their grief and loss while creating a personalised memoir.

It can help: 

  • Enable conversations to take place between children, siblings and main caregivers.
  • Children remember and honour their mum in their own unique way. 
  • Provide a space for children to explore different topics and to help process their grief and loss. 
  • Encourage children to have healthy conversations about their mum and ensure they're heard.

Whilst our journals are free, we welcome donations where possible so that we can continue to provide this valuable resource to children whose mothers have died.

To obtain a journal(s) for a young person and/or to make a donation, please email us below and provide us with the following information: 

  • If you are not the primary caregiver, please disclose your relationship to the recipient(s)
  • Age/gender of the recipient(s)
  • Mailing address and contact details
  •  If you’re not a primary care giver - confirmation you have consulted the child/children's primary caregiver before proceeding, to ensure that they're comfortable and happy to receive a journal. 

Once we’ve received your information, we’ll be in touch to confirm we’ve sent the journal to you!

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PODCASTS AND BOOKS

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What will I wear to your funeral?

Kellie Curtain 

'What will I wear to your funeral?' 'How do I look after your orchid?'

Kellie wanted to ask her mother so many questions while she still could. When you don't go a day without speaking to someone you love, how do you say goodbye forever? It didn't bear thinking about. 

When Pamela Curtain is diagnosed with cancer, her family plead with her to try everything that might give them more time. She reluctantly agrees, but on one condition. Life goes on because it has to and so does the weekly family dinner with wine and loud sibling banter. 

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Happy Hearts

Jevita Nilson

Happy Hearts is an original and uplifting story about a young boy’s quest to understand where his Nanna has gone after she passes away.

Happy Hearts uses an exciting adventure to explore the concept of the afterlife in a sensitive and magical way, whilst touching on the range of emotions a child may experience when a loved one dies.

Happy Hearts celebrates the unique relationship between a young boy and his Nanna, and the story is sure to transport readers to a place of joy, magic and wonder.

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Moving Forward

Ted Radio Hour

When the life you've built slips out of your grasp, you're often told it's best to move on. But is that true?

Instead of forgetting the past, TED speakers describe how we can move forward with it. Guests include writers Nora McInerny and Suleika Jaouad, and human rights advocate Lindy Lou Isonhood.

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The QUO Podcast - Episode 16

Human Cogs Conversations

In this conversation with Human Cogs host Sabina Read, Danielle debunks the 5 stages of grief, suggests tips for coping with the relentless triggers and difficult times that arise during milestone and annual calendar events and shares what NOT to say to someone who is grieving.

If your mum has passed and you have a deep yearning to pick up the phone and ask her just one more question, or if you’re a mum facing health issues imagining what it might be like to die early and not see your children live into adulthood, or if you wish to cherish and honour the mother-daughter relationship, then this episode will likely resonate with you.

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It's OK That You're Not Ok

Megan Devine

With It's OK That You're Not OK, Megan reveals a path for navigating grief and loss, not by trying to escape it, but by learning to live inside of it with more grace and strength.

Through stories, research, life tips, and mindfulness-based practices, she offers a unique guide through an experience we all must face. Here she debunks the culturally prescribed goal of returning to a normal, 'happy' life, replacing it with the skills and tools to help us experience and witness the pain of loss in ourselves and others.

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Without My Mum

Leigh Van Der Horst

Perhaps the only thing that can impact and shape a woman's life with the same power as her mother's love and guidance is her mother's death.

In 'Without My Mum', Leigh Van Der Horst shares her own honest, heartfelt story of losing her beloved mother to cancer. She invites us on a journey that is at times heartbreaking and others heartwarming, yet is ultimately comforting and inspiring. With genuine warmth and candor, Leigh tells of her transformative passage through devastating grief to rediscover and redefine her own identity.

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Private Facebook Support Group

The Motherless Daughters private support group on Facebook is a safe space for over thousands of daughters to engage in open conversation and support each other as they cope with grief and lifes ongoing journey without mum.

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TO HELP WOMEN NAVIGATE LIFE’S JOURNEY WITHOUT MUM.

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