Fiona’s mum died earlier this year, in April – very recently, right? – and she hatched this important site when it dawned on her that others might be struggling after similar loss, and that writing about it and sharing experiences might help everyone find a way through. (Or at least push on, for today.)
“I realised so many others would want to know about books that help and then podcasts and then actually ask others who had been through it ‘How the hell did you survive?'” Fiona told me.
“I started this site as a way of sharing what I have learned since losing my mum suddenly in April 2017,” Fiona explains over at When Your Mother Dies. “She was my best friend, my biggest cheerleader and the one person I ran to with all of my challenges and wins. She allowed me to be me and there are few people who show you unconditional love like your mum.”
“I found myself surrounded by amazing family and friends, all sending me love and flowers and hugs, but the messages I found the most comfort from were from people who had also lost a parent, in particular their mum. They seemed to understand the horrendous and heartbreaking emotions I was going through and I wanted to extend that comfort to strangers, who perhaps haven’t been as fortunate to be surrounded by such love.”
She’s encouraging people to add their own letters, if that feels like a helpful thing to do. Or they can explore suggestions on what to read or listen to, when trying to come to grips with the loss of a special mum – or other special person, I think, too.
What a practical and powerful legacy Fiona’s mum has sparked.
Thanks for sharing this brilliant and helpful thing, Fiona.