Post by Carly Marie for Still Standing Magazine
“A Mother is not defined by the number of children you see, but by the love that she holds in her heart.” – Franchesca Cox
I’m not sure that I have ever read more accurate words. Oh, how I wish all of humanity could read Franchesca’s quote.
There is so much unrest surrounding Mother’s Day in our community. The day has been bashed and twisted into a commercial money-making mess by card companies and retail outlets around the world.
To the person who has not suffered the loss of their baby or own mother or even struggled to conceive, they might be oblivious as to why this particular day on the calendar can be the most painful of days for so many women around the world.
The same goes for all the Dads around out there who suffer in silence on Father’s Day each year.
This day was created in honour of a bereaved mother!
So I think it is time to take our day back to its roots. I believe we can do this by using our voices in a peaceful, loving way. To receive love, you must give love.
If you know someone who has suffered the death of their baby through any type a loss – I plead with you this Mother’s Day to send your love to that person.
Write down Franchesca’s quote on a blank card – in a text message, on your friend’s Facebook wall, whatever you like and let them know that you recognise them as a mother.
If you are involved in a church or a community that will be honouring mother’s on Mother’s Day, speak to the person in charge of the event.
Ask them to share Franchesca’s quote and speak about the true meaning of Mother’s Day.
Speak about the women that suffer the death of their babies through miscarriage, infant loss, and child loss. Include those women who are yearning to conceive a child and those who cannot.
This day needs to be healed. We want Mother’s Day to be a day of recognition. We want it to be a day of healing.
It’s a day that we hold each year where we lovingly use our voices to spread the true meaning of Mother’s Day.
It is our greatest hope that sometime soon there will be no need to hold a separate day like International Bereaved Mother’s Day and all mothers will be once again recognized and included.
As always I wish you all love, blessings and most of all recognition.