While the holiday for moms is typically a joyous time of year, there are many for whom it conjures feelings of pain and loss for someone missing from their lives.

What Beliefnet is asking: Have you lost a child? Are you having difficulty conceiving one? Have you lost your own mother or been estranged from her over the years? Beliefnet is reaching out for advice on how to deal with such difficult circumstances in life during this season. What guidance can you offer others? Send us helpful hints and short stories of how you have coped with this pain and what others might do as well.  Beliefnet will feature some of your responses in an upcoming Mother's Day story.

Email short descriptions (100-150 words) about what you’ve done individually, with your family, or with a group to help you overcome, or deal with, your situation and how it has helped.

Where possible, send photos of the person you are writing about, preferably with you, along with a description. Send by email to EditorialBeliefnet2@gmail.com. Subject line should say: Mother's Day. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday, May 10.

Please note:

  • Photos must be in .jpg or .gif format and be less than 200K.
  • Please include your name, your city/state of residency, and, where applicable, a short description/explanation of the photo.

    All photos must be original to you. If you are submitting a work that has been previously published elsewhere, please make sure there will be no conflict before submitting to us. We just want to remind you that, per our terms of service, Beliefnet trusts that you only send material you actually own (i.e. not other people's copyrighted materials) and by sending it to us, you grant us and our editorial partners the right to use it in any form.

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