I’m Drowning In Mother’s Day Memories

Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts
6 min readMay 1, 2023

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For bereaved parents, Mother’s Day can be a perilous landscape of painful memories and heartache.

Star Magnolia blossom — Image by Jacqueline Dooley

Eight years ago, my husband took my daughters, then 11 and 14, to pick out Mother’s Day gifts for me. They came home with two tiny trees, a Cherokee Brave Dogwood and a Star Magnolia. It was a sweet gesture with real meaning behind it.

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Jacqueline Dooley
Human Parts

Essayist, content writer, bereaved parent. Bylines: Human Parts, GEN, Marker, OneZero, Washington Post, Al Jazeera, Pulse, HuffPost, Longreads, Modern Loss