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How do you remember Mum on Mother’s Day?

Mother’s Day can be especially difficult for children and young people who have lost their mum or another special female role model in their life. From adverts to social media posts, it can be difficult to avoid Mother’s Day and this can be a constant reminder that your mum is no longer here.

However you feel and whatever you want to do on Mother’s Day, there is no right or wrong but it can be an opportunity to remember your mum. From cooking her favourite meal to writing her a letter, here are 10 ways grieving families can remember mum on Mother’s Day.

  1. Make a special card in memory of your mum
  2. Take the special card to her grave or to where her ashes are
  3. Blow some bubbles and imagine they can carry a message to her
  4. Plant some bulbs or a shrub in a place that holds special memories of your mum
  5. Cook her favourite meal – pizza? Roast dinner? Curry?
  6. Listen to her favourite music (however awful her taste was!)
  7. Put something in a memory box that reminds you of her
  8. Create a digital memory board of special photos
  9. Ask family members for their memories of mum
  10. Write her a letter or a poem or a song

If you need advice or support please contact our Freephone National Helpline – call 08088 020 021 or email ask@winstonswish.org

If you are a bereaved young person experiencing a crisis, the Winston’s Wish Crisis Messenger provides free, 24/7 text support. Text WW to 85258.

You might also find these articles helpful:

Phoebe’s story: Mother’s Day without my mum

Remembering my mum on Mother’s Day – Nash

How to use a memory box with bereaved children and young people

How to help bereaved children understand grief


If you’d like to remember your mum and support Winston’s Wish at the same time, why not create her her own special online dedication here.