International Bereaved Mother's Day - First Sunday in May
(Last Updated On: November 8, 2022)


Every year on the first Sunday in May, International Bereaved Mother’s Day honors mothers who have lost a child. It’s also a day to recognize women who cannot be a mother due to infertility or other health reasons.

One of the hardest days for many women around the world as Mother’s Day. These women suffer greatly on this day because they have lost a child. According to psychologists, losing a child is one of the worst traumas a human being can experience. When a child dies, a mother loses a piece of her own heart. Not only that, she loses all that she looked forward to in seeing that child fulfill their potential.

Besides suffering psychologically and biologically, mothers face a host of other challenges. They might mourn the loss for many years. They may experience triggers from well-meaning questions like, “how many children do you have?” Or, “How old are your children now?” According to studies, mothers who lose children are more likely to suffer from physical and mental health issues. If the grief is unresolved, it could turn into a serious illness, like cancer and immune disorders.

For these reasons, it’s imperative that mothers that have lost children seek help. Joining a support group with other bereaved mothers can be especially helpful. A bereaved mother will never again be able to hold that child in their arms. But they will forever hold that child in their heart.

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This is a day for mothers who have lost a child to recognize that they will be mothers forever. It’s also a day to find healing and restoration. Many bereaved mothers connect with one another on this day. Bereaved mothers are also encouraged to put flowers on their child’s grave, polish their urn, or light a candle in their memory.

It’s also a day to be sensitive to friends or family members who have lost a child. If you know of someone who has lost a child or lost the dream of becoming a mother, send them a note of encouragement or give them a hug. You can also share this day on social media with #InternationalBereavedMothersDay


Carlie Marie Dudley started International Bereaved Mothers Day in 2010. She started the day in honor of her stillborn son, Christian. Carlie is from Australia. Since its inception, the day has helped bereaved mothers around the world connect, heal, and find hope for their future.

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