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,