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Stories about Mother’s Day

Young Taylor Ryan with her mother, Sabrina Jones.

To Make Sense of My Mother’s Suicide, I Had to Understand My Own Relationship to Mental Health

When I was 14 years old, I lost my mother, Sabrina Jones, to suicide. Up until my mom's death, I did not understand to what extent mental health could affect your everyday life, including my own.

Eileen Vorbach Collins

I’ll Still Celebrate Her Birthday: Thought’s from a Bereaved Mom on Mother’s Day

It’s been 35 years since my daughter, Lydia, was born. It’s been 20 years since her death by suicide. The approach of Mother’s Day has me thinking of these “anniversaries.” How am I to spend these days? My daughter’s birthday marks the anniversary of one of the best days of my life, yet is also weighted with sadness.

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I Am Always Kurt’s Mother

Being a mother who has lost a child, holidays like Mother’s Day can be especially difficult.

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I Don’t Miss Mothers’ Day: Mourning a Mother’s Death by Suicide

My mom knew she could be a handful. She had a psychiatrist she would occasionally go to, not for serious therapy – just an occasional pat on the head and some sleeping pills. Each May, as Mothers’ Day approached, she would give me tongue-in-cheek advice on how best to “handle her” on the upcoming holiday.