This day, the Sunday before Mother's Day, is definitely new to me but I am grateful it exists. In the past two weeks I have found a great deal of support, understanding and inspiration from the online communities that exist for bereaved Moms.
I also learned a thing or two about Mother's Day that I did not know in the past. For example, a woman by the name of Anna Jarvis founded Mother's Day to honor her Mother Ann who experienced the death of seven of her children, she was a mother to 11 children. Ann was a social activist and organizer during the American Civil War. Ann often spoke of her dream of America having a day to honor Mothers. Two years after Ann's death, on Sunday, May 12, 1907, her daughter, Anna, passed out 500 white carnations at her Mother's church - one for each Mother in the congregation.
Thank God for Ann, her daughter Anna, and what they have done for Mothers around the world.
For more information on International Bereaved Mother's Day check out,
Still Standing Magazine.