Motherless Midlife With Hope Edelman (Plus a Special Chat With Meagan’s Sister Kathreen!)

Losing your mom at any age is hard, but when you begin to approach the age your mom was when she died, it has special significance. In this episode I’m joined by Hope Edelman, bestselling author and creator of the Motherless Daughters community, to talk about her work with women who have lost their mothers and why midlife can be a particularly fraught time for motherless women. Later in the show I’m joined by my sister Kathreen, who is about to turn 55 – the same age our mother was when she died – to talk about our experience losing our mom young, and how it has colored our view of motherhood, aging, and more.

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About Hope Edelman

Hope Edelman is an internationally bestselling author who has been working in the bereavement field for more than 25 years. She has written eight books, including Motherless Daughters, Motherless Mothers, and her most recent, The AfterGrief: Finding Your Way Along the Long Arc of Loss. She offers in-person retreats, virtual support groups for women who lost mothers at any age, and online writing courses throughout the year, and has lectured and led workshops all over the U.S. as well as in Canada, the U.K., Australia, and Dubai. She lives in Los Angeles and Iowa City, Iowa. For more information, go to

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Instagram- (@hope_edelman)

Facebook- Motherless Daughters | Facebook

Facebook Group-  Motherless Daughters Support Group | Facebook

Website- Motherless Daughters

Other Resources- Rituals | The AfterGrief

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