Nurturing Words: Voices of Experience

Nurturing Words: Voices of Experience

Are you a motherless daughter? What if we told you we have 20 years’ worth of truth treasures, pearls of wisdom and diamonds of hope to help you with your mother loss? We do, and we share all things mother loss on Voices of Experience, the Motherless Daughters Ministry podcast. Give yourself some self-care and listen as we discuss grief, regret, anger, redemption, closure and so much more. Hit “Subscribe” and take the next step in the healing journey to your future.

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May 20, 2022 20 min

031 - A neon sign cannot be missed. It demands attention and won’t be ignored. In the same way, the neon year announces its arrival and maintains attention until after the year ends.  Every motherless daughter will come face to face with her neon year. Having advanced knowledge is the key to navigating this phenomenon.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Mary Ellen Collins opens the door on this unusual period. She joins us in the s...

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030 - Mother’s Day brings a lifetime of memories to the forefront. We are bombarded by enticements to spend lots of money on cards, gifts, family meals and activities to celebrate. But society neglects those who harbor a less than pleasant experience.  This podcast speaks to the entire motherless community.  

Our guest blogger, Heather Wolper, is sharing the memories engraved in her heart. She is a talented writer who uses imagery t...

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April 22, 2022 14 min

029 - “I spent my entire life, checking off goal after goal with the unrealistic expectation of becoming the new improved” me. Can you identify with that scenario? We set goals, work hard and make progress toward what we think we want. But successful achievements do not always bring a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment.  Goals not based upon truths yield impatience. Join us as we share a blog written for the Motherless Daug...

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April 8, 2022 10 min

028 - Saying "Goodbye" to your childhood home can be an emotional experience. Whether you are leaving for the first time or going back to visit, it brings up all the associated memories. Our guest writer shares the experience of going down memory lane before a new family moves in to make their own memories.

The Motherless Daughters Ministry serves women who have lost or missed the nurturing provided by a mother. Our resource...

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March 25, 2022 11 min

027 - Healing is a process. When one suffers trauma such as mother loss at a young age seeds are sown, roots grow, and take hold. What if the roots are intertwined, tangled, and deeply embedded? Is it worth it to undergo the unearthing process? Will it be painful? Yes. Will it be easy? No. Will it be worth it? Yes.

Our guest blogger shares about the roots that can get established from the trauma of early mother loss. Healing from th...

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March 11, 2022 8 min

026 - We never outlive our desire for the comfort of our mother. In its absence, we seek a replacement. This episode recounts the experience of dealing with this loss and absence during this challenging pandemic environment. The key is finding a healthy way to alleviate the discomfort. See if you can identify with Dottie Menkhaus' story.

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February 25, 2022 10 min

025 - Emotional presence is a powerful tool for those yielding support to anyone who is in need. It is especially effective when supporting a motherless daughter under 18 years of age. Presence requires one to put oneself second and move into the other person's emotional space. If you are a guardian or caretaker for a young motherless daughter, you will not want to miss t his episode.

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February 11, 2022 26 min

024 - Survivors find a way to adapt and get through one day at a time. In recognition of Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March, we present the plight of our black sisters, who were motherless daughters learning to survive.

"It's not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one who is most adaptable to change." Mary Ellen Collins, Founder and Executiv...

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January 28, 2022 41 min

023 - Losing your mom to death becomes the second round when you have already lost her to a health or substance abuse issue.  Grieving the nurturing you long for becomes a way of life while you quietly look for alternative sources. The journey is a daily difficult combination of questions and confusion.  

Chris Fishel, Cathy DiBella, and Gina Ellis open the door on their double loss journey. Their life stories will take you on an em...

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January 14, 2022 44 min

022 - Navigating trauma as a motherless daughter can feel like you are drowning in an ocean of grief and shame with no life raft in sight. In processing our trauma, we may inadvertently be looking at current day experiences through "trauma glasses." 

Healing from trauma can be very difficult. In this episode, two motherless daughters share their personal stories of trauma and how they have found healing in processing the tra...

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December 31, 2021 12 min

021 -  On the eve of a new year we, typically, look back on what we came through during the past year.  As motherless daughters, we look back on our mother loss journey in its entirety, regardless of how long we have been on that path. The key to reaping the benefits of reflection is to be intentional in visualizing a new perspective on your future.  Today’s episode features our guest sharing her journey to a new perspective, focus...

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December 17, 2021 11 min

020 - What's your experience as a motherless daughter? There is no one who has a story identical to yours. But ALL of us are challenged by the holiday season. In this episode, Dottie, Gina, and Kristin share their experience of surviving the holidays.

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December 3, 2021 10 min

019  -  Surviving the holiday season when you are grieving takes forethought and planning.  In times of stress, we long for the nurturing a mother provides.  In the absence of that support, we look for a way to cope with the uncomfortable situations that arise. Cindy Stepanek opens the door to her story and offers some solutions.  Learning to live with managing grief starts with one step.

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November 19, 2021 17 min

The empty chair at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and throughout the holiday season is a painful reminder of our loss.  Trying to avoid the pain is neither helpful nor healthy. Although we can put it off for unlimited amounts of time, sooner or later, we learn healthy ways for our grief to coexist with all the other emotions.  Dottie Menkhaus shares her story and updates it with a discussion with Kristin Mitchener.

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November 5, 2021 12 min

017 - As we introduced mother loss at every age through the 60’s, there were unique aspects related to each developmental stage. This episode ends the series, but there is so much more. Common to every stage is the need to heal from our loss. Sooner or later, we will work through our grief from loss, regardless of how long ago it happened. 

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October 22, 2021 12 min

016 -  Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia, which affects memory, thinking, language and behavior. As it progresses, it can render your mother less and less recognizable as the person you have always known.  The mothering you have experienced and have come to expect is slipping away. This is another form of mother loss. No one understands better what you are going through except other daughters experiencing the ...

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October 8, 2021 12 min

Experiencing mother loss in the 50's may be a more common occurrence, but it still brings challenges.  The themes running through this era are changes and transitions. With change comes a loss of what was and transition to what is new.  walk with us as our Founder, Mary Ellen Collins talks about the 50's and hear one person's story.

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September 24, 2021 9 min

#014 0 - Experiencing mother loss in your 40’s brings yet another unique set of circumstances.  Although like the 30’s, the situation is even more complex. Life has become busier and the relationship has become more diversified. Grieving this loss requires the disciplined approach of the mature adult you have become.

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September 10, 2021 33 min

Our special guest, Dottie Menkhaus, is a Motherless Daughters Ministry volunteer, project team member, and contributing blogger.   How do you say "Goodbye" to your mom?  It's not easy at any age!  Join us as we share our interview with Dottie as she talks about learning to say "Goodbye." Hear about her mother loss journey.

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August 26, 2021 9 min

Did you experience mother loss in your 30's? If so, there are lots of women who understand your journey. This podcast features Mary Ellen Collins, our Founder & Executive Director, sharing information and stories of loss in this period of life.

Losing the nurturing care of your mother at age 30 is no less devasting than other ages and can yield a lasting impact. Although every situation is unique, all of us, as motherless da...

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