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For many, Mother’s Day is filled with celebration and togetherness. But for friends and loved ones who are coping with loss, struggling with infertility, or feeling left out of traditional celebrations, it can be hard. Here, you’ll find actions big and small you can take to offer extra support. And if Mother’s Day is tough for you, you’re not alone—there’s expert advice and community support for you, too.
“Happy Mother’s Day” doesn’t apply for everyone—and can even hurt some. Take these three steps before saying it this year.
When a loved one is facing a difficult Mother’s Day, small gestures of support can go a long way. Share love with these honest e-cards, made in partnership with PAPYRUS.
Author Cheryl Strayed and Sheryl Sandberg talk candidly about loss and how support from others helped on tough Mother’s Days.
Support friends who’ve lost their mom by finding ways to remember and celebrate her on Mother’s Day.
Use these tips to be there for grieving parents and make the day a chance to remember their child together.
“My wife and I find meaning by spending the day volunteering for the Special Olympics in honor of our son.” — Robert Mehnert
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The best advice often comes from those who’ve experienced similar challenges themselves. Here, Option B community members share ideas for how loved ones can show they care.
If Mother’s Day is tough for you, remember that you deserve to spend the day in a way that works for you. Read these seven tips to make it what you want it to be. And if you’re offering someone support, keep these tips in mind.
Join an Option B group to connect with people who understand what you’re going through and are available 24/7.
“For my family, Mother’s Day is a chance to recognize all the important people in our lives.” — Jean Azar-Tanguay
Parents who’ve lost a partner may feel unsure about how to spend this day. Find ways to help your friend plan a day that feels right to them.
Learn how to make your community more welcoming for all families on Mother’s Day.
“Though my kids still call me Dad, my transition to a woman raised questions about how my family celebrates Mother’s Day.” — Denise Brogan-Kator
“As a full-time caregiver to my mom, I use Mother’s Day as a chance to remember all the care she has given me.” — Heather Oglesby