S3E17: Grieving A Mother’s Death

Learn you are not alone.

One of the most profound experiences we experience in our lives is the death of our mother. We are still someone’s children until our parents die, so their deaths mark our final passage into adulthood. This week we talk about the meaning of the death of a mother and have an interview with Dr. Jeanna Ford whose mother died suddenly on Mother’s Day. Our hope is that this conversation will let you know about the many responses there are to a mother’s death.

Autumn trees and a curving road, with text "Grief is the reflection of the connection that has been lost.  That loss does not diminish because you are an adult or because your mother lived a long life." From S3E17, Grieving a Mother's Death
Listen as Marianne talks about grief – especially complicated grief – with the loss of a mother as an adult.

Our guest talks about the loss of her mother.

Jeanna Ford,  shares with us about the unexpected loss of her mother and her grief experience.
Jeanna Ford, shares with us about the unexpected loss of her mother and her grief experience.

Everyone Dies is pleased to welcome Dr. Jeanna Ford who is an Advanced Practice Clinical Nurse Specialist at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Her mom died unexpectedly in a car accident on Mother’s Day and she is here to talk about her grief experience. We thank Jeanna for sharing her experience with us so we don’t feel alone in our reactions to death.


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Recipe of the Week

Mother cooking with daughter.
Mother cooking with daughter. (iStock) Get the recipe here, from Taste of Home.

What is more comforting when we were sick as children than our mom’s cool hand on our fevered brow, warm homemade chicken noodle soup, and warm Verner’s ginger ale to wash it all down. This soup will not only make you feel better, but it works great to take to your next funeral lunch.

You can get our featured recipe here, from Taste of Home. When Marlene Doolittle, of Story City, Iowa shared it, she said, “My mother was a pastor’s wife, and she did a lot of cooking for potlucks. This recipe’s one she created herself.” Why not make a soup that sponsored untold visitations and potlucks!

We are also selected as one of the Top 50 Grief Blogs on the Web!
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As a songwriter, ‘Everyone Dies’ is inviting you to showcase your original work on an upcoming podcast.

There are many wonderful songs that could be played at a funeral. We also know there are songs that could be played, but are cringeworthy (e.g. Ding Dong the Witch is Dead; Another One Bites the Dust; Ring of Fire, etc.).

We are inviting you to send us a recording of two of your original songs (i.e. that could be played at a funeral, one that is appropriate, one that is likely not) to be included in the third half of the ‘Everyone Dies’ podcast. We will include as many artists over the next year (maybe longer if we are enjoying the segment) as possible.

What we need:
Go to this link, fill out the form and submit it along with your two original songs in .wav or .mp3 format (i.e. two original songs that could be played at a funeral, one that is appropriate, one that is likely not). We will screen them and let you know what week your work will be included. We will include all your information in our show notes so people can purchase your recordings.

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Everyone Dies: and yes, it is normal!

Everyone Dies (and yes, it is normal) is a story about a young boy named Jax who finds something special on the beach where he and his grandpa Pops are enjoying a wonderful day. Pops helps Jax understand that death is a normal part of life. This book provides an age appropriate, non-scary, comfortable way to introduce the important topic of mortality to a preschool child. Its simple explanation will last a lifetime. Autographed copies for sale at: www.everyonediesthebook.com. Also available at Amazon

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We offer a way to memorialize your loved one or treasured pet with a piece of handmade jewelry.  When people comment on it and the wearer can say for example “I received this when my mother died” which opens the conversation about this loss. All our jewelry is made with semi-precious stones and beads, vintage beads, and pearls. You can choose between earrings or bracelets and the color family. Learn More

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