This will be my first Mother’s Day as a motherless mother.
For what it’s worth, my personal insight is this: as affectionate, imperfect, difficult – even dysfunctional – as your mother-daughter relationship may be, it still has a value you will only fully recognize when you are motherless.
I found this article by Jessica Wolstenhom on the Huffington Post recently, and felt like, in many ways, it could have been written by me. My story is a little different from Jessica’s in that my mother was terminally ill for two years after her diagnosis of cirrhosis of the liver (caused by non-alcoholic fatty liver).
Whether sudden or a long goodbye, whether a wonderful relationship or a difficult one; the eventual loss of your mother will change your perspective on life, and inevitably leave you with at least a few regrets.
I hope those of you who still have your mothers will take this advice to heart.