May 11, 2022

That Thing About How to Navigate Motherhood When your Mom is Gone


In this episode:what do you do when you lose your mother and you’re about to become a mother yourself? Who do you ask about raising a child? Where do you turn when you are separated from your mother by physical distance, estrangement, or death? In this episode we're going to learn how you, as a mother, can recognize that it’s OK, and if your spouse has lost their mother, how you can help them move forward from feelings of insecurity, isolation, and overwhelm to a place of resilience.

My guest in this episode is a mom without a mom of two boys, a clinical psychologist, and Mom Coach passionate about helping moms separated from their mother by physical distance, estrangement, or death, move from feelings of insecurity, isolation, and overwhelm to a place of resilience. Dr Melissa Reilly, through her personal and professional experience, has come to recognize that moms without a mom …. experience grief as part of their motherhood experience, even if they don’t realize it. The relationship moms have had (or didn’t have) with their mothers impacts how they see themselves but doesn’t define them. In this episode we’re going to have a conversation and learn about the notion that it isn’t knowledge and skills that create resilience, but rather it is born through overcoming hardship, having a community, and living by one’s values. Find oit more information about Melissa and how she can help you at https://beforeyougopodcast.com



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Melissa Reilly, Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist, Parent Coach

Melissa Reilly is a clinical psychologist, parent coach, and a mom without a mom. Although grief has been a part of Melissa’s life from the age of four, she was shocked to find that a resurgence of grief would be part of her birth experience. Melissa and her mother had been estranged prior to her mother’s death which complicated things further. She missed her mother and was angry with her simultaneously. She longed to have a healthy mother figure in her life as she learned how to be a mom herself.

Through her personal and professional life, Melissa has come to recognize that Moms without a mom experience grief during the years postpartum and beyond, even if they don’t realize it. She is passionate about helping moms without a mom heal through grief, build community, feel joy in motherhood and move from feelings of isolation, insecurity and overwhelm to a place of confidence and resilience.