Catherine Sylvester, Motherhood without your mother
Catherine Sylvester is a well-known television presenter and radio announcer in New Zealand

Are you doing motherhood without your mother?

From New Zealand, Catherine Sylvester chats with Jenny Baxter all about the events that shaped the early years of her girls’ lives. And especially when death came visiting.

They discuss the impact of losing her mother during a time when Catherine was herself very unwell. Catherine has some experience, and some answers, for when you are doing motherhood without your mother.

GUEST: Catherine Sylvester (Website), Catherine Sylvester (On Insta)
HOST: Jenny Baxter

Catherine’s realizations about death

  • Catherine feels so sad that her daughters do not have a Nanna.
  • “Everyone needs someone in their lives who the sun rises and sets for them.”
  • “I really miss her. She is the only one who listened to the detail of my life.”
  • Grief doesn’t go away – it pops up at odd times.
  • You’ve got to roll with it when grief comes.
  • We in the Western world don’t do grief very well.
  • It will be OK, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but one day it will get better.

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Doing Motherhood Without Your Mother