Young mums Renea Harris and Kerry White are still coming to grips with losing their mothers and have been helped by others in the motherless mums support group.IVY WISE July 21, 2014 3:03am
Renea Harris and Kerry White’s mums were not only their mothers, but their best friends.
‘‘She was very loving and nurturing to her family. She would be there for any of us,’’ Mrs White said of her mum.
‘‘I miss talking to her, her support and friendship,’’ Mrs Harris said.
Young mums themselves, the women are still coming to grips with losing their mothers.
Mrs Harris’ mum Pam died suddenly 5 years ago, while Mrs White’s mum Carita died of cancer just 18 months ago.
However, their pain is just as deep and led to them becoming involved in the motherless mums support group, which formed in Echuca more than 12 months ago.
Through difficult and similar experiences, about seven women have forged strong friendships by attending monthly meetings and regular get-togethers.
Mrs Harris said the group provided a supportive and nurturing environment, so she could communicate freely about the loss of her mum and the challenges she faced as a mother.
‘‘The group has been an amazing support for me,’’ she said.
‘‘I can walk into a room and I don’t even have to say anything.
‘‘Everyone’s experiences are different, but I feel understood.
‘‘I’ve made friends for life.’’
Mum of three boys, Mrs White said it was extremely hard not having that motherly support anymore.
‘‘She was such a big part of our lives. I used to talk to her on the phone every single day,’’ she said.
‘‘I always looked to her for advice, we’d talk about the kids and for it just to stop, yes it’s hard.
‘‘The other girls (in the group) have an understanding of what you’re going through and how hard life can be without your mum.’’
Talking about their mums has been therapeutic for both women, who smile as they recall what made their mothers so special.
‘‘She was just loving,’’ Mrs Harris said.
‘‘She loved her grandchildren and would do absolutely anything for them.
‘‘She was very giving.’’
‘‘She was fun-loving with an awesome sense of humour,’’ Mrs White said.
Co-ordinator Claire Gibson said the group was open to mums and mothers-to-be who had lost their mums.
‘‘We talk about all sorts of things, life in general,’’ she said.
‘‘At our meetings and our other catch-ups, there is a lot of laughter and sharing.’’
The group meets monthly at Echuca Neighbourhood House.
For information, phone Ms Gibson on 0438
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