Conference Wrap Up

Dear Conference Attendees,

The flights home have been completed, the blog posts and articles are being written, and I’ve taken some good long recovery naps…so now feels like a good right time to thank you all again, so very much, for being part of the Motherless Daughters Anniversary Conference last Saturday. I hope it was a worthwhile and memorable experience for you all. I know it was for me, and each and every one of you took part in making it that way.


Irene has posted conference photos over at the Motherless Daughters of Los Angeles page, and we’ll be posting Cheryl’s speech online soon for everyone who couldn’t make it, or who wants to hear it again.
Conference attendee Marisa Ramel Bardach did a beautiful write-up about the conference over at Modern Loss, which you can read here. And look for Samantha Dunn’s piece coming soon in the Orange County Register.
Speaking of Orange County — let’s wish all the women of MDOC a beautiful Motherless Daughters’ Day Luncheon when they hold theirs tomorrow!


I mentioned at the conference that we might have one spot open on the Peru trek from July 29 to August 9, and it turns out that we do. If you’re interested, you can read about all the details here, and if you have questions or want to join us, please contact me at or Allison Gilbert at for more information and the registration link. Since there’s only one spot and it’s open enrollment, we’ll offer it on a first-come, first-served basis — so if you think you want to join us, please contact one of us soon!


Several conference attendees mentioned they’d like to start a Motherless Daughters group back at home. General instructions for how to start a group are printed in the back of the new edition of Letters from Motherless Daughters. I can also send them to you via email. Send an email request to and I’ll get the document out to you. You might first want to check to see if there’s already a local support group operating through independent means or through Sometimes it’s easier to join up with an existing group than to start one.


Irene and I will be retiring this email address soon, but you can stay in touch with me through my regular Gmail address and my web site, and with Irene through Motherless Daughters of Los Angeles. If you’re local to Southern California, don’t forget to sign up for her mailing list or the one over at MDOC to participate in next year’s luncheons!
Sending you all best wishes for a peaceful and joyous summer,
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Motherless Daughters Conference in Los Angeles

As many of you already know, this May 10 will mark the 20th Anniversary of Motherless Daughters. It will also mark the very first Motherless Daughters Conference in Los Angeles, a full day of workshops, lectures, and talks about early mother loss co-hosted by myself and Irene Rubaum-Keller, MFT, the founder of Motherless Daughters of Los Angeles. It will also include the annual Motherless Daughters Day luncheon and Circle of Remembrance, which the Los Angeles group will be sharing with motherless women from all over the country this year.
Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, will be our keynote speaker. Workshop leaders and panelists will include Jennifer Lauck (Blackbird), Claire Bidwell Smith (The Rules of Inheritance) and Allison Gilbert (Parentless Parents).
Because you have been a longtime supporter of Motherless Daughters¬†and its associated activities, you are invited to take part in a special Advance Registration period. The web site will be widely publicized starting in two days, but if you’d like to register early you will be guaranteed a spot. We’re expecting the conference to fill fast, so if you know you want to join us–please don’t hesitate!
More information is available at the conference web site,
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