When there's no celebration
Our hope for readers is that after a year void of celebrations and hugs, Mother’s Day 2021 is especially meaningful.
But we know that’s not always the case.
Whether it’s a strained and complicated relationship, or if your mom has passed, the mention of Mother’s Day can sting. For women who’ve lost a child, the day can be especially painful.
Our thoughtful team of behavioral health experts want you to honor, or acknowledge, your feelings.
If you feel most supported when surrounded by friends, make plans to spend time with them on Sunday.
If quiet time sounds more like your kind of self care, try to arrange for time to take a walk, journal, or listen to music.
Don’t forget that judging your Mother’s Day reality against someone else’s social media post is a no-win situation (after all, there’s no rosy filter in real life).
If you’re hurting, help is just a phone call away. Call 866-927-6327 from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM on any day of the week – even holidays – to be connected to the Compassionate Ear Warmline, staffed by a trained volunteer who is available to callers during non-crisis times of need. If COVID-19 is adding stress this Mother’s Day, call 816-404-6222 to connect with TMC/UH Behavioral Health’s COVID-19 Crisis Counseling Program for support. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 888-279-8188.