May and June are incredibly tough for those of us without a mom and/or dad to celebrate. Between the “10 great gifts to get your mom!” segments on The Today Show to the promotional email subject lines that infiltrate your inbox — “Call your dad!” — I would if I could but unfortunately there’s no cell service in heaven.
After losing my dad unexpectedly on December 3rd, 2017, I have found that one of the only cathartic things (other than listening to his favorite songs, smelling his worn-in t-shirts, and reading Pinterest quotes about loss) is to speak to others who have sadly suffered something similar.
Through the, unfortunately, many conversations I’ve had of late (I only became comfortable with sharing my tragic story in the last two months — before then I was lying under the covers of my bed in my what was once my parents’ house but now is my mother’s house), I’ve learned that the toughest day of the year in the U.S. (my apologies as I haven’t had these conversations with international folks yet, but I look forward to doing so) for the members of this shi*ty parentless club, no matter the age, race, gender, etc., is Mother’s and Father’s Day. It’s not their birthday where just you, your family, and friends are rememebering / celebrating the person you lost, but it’s a day where EVERYONE in the United States is celebrating their moms and dads with cards and gifts and BBQs, hugs, kisses, you know the drill…
This year a few members of one of the world’s worst clubs, the parentless club, is hosting a Happy Parentless Day event on June 21st at 7pm in NYC for those (and their significant others) who have lost a parent. Tickets ($5) are required for this event with all proceeds benefiting Experience Camps — free, one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. Unfortunately space is limited due to fire code regulation.
There is an extraordinary lineup of speakers and sponsors:
- Samantha Klein (me!) — quick intro, welcome, thanks to our sponsors
- Dan Wolfson & Jenna Rosenberg, Clinical Directors at Experience Camps
- Rebecca Soffer of Modern Loss
- Brad Wolfe, CEO and Founder of Reimagine
- Allison Gilbert, Author and grief expert
- Time to connect, mingle, remember, cry, laugh, fall in love, etc
- Sparks & Honey
- AB In-Bev
- SPOT NYC
- Joe’s Pizza
I also hope that others around the globe will host their own versions of this event on a day that works for them. We are living in the age of self-organization and if there’s one thing that universally connects people it is loss (and a whole lot of love).
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit https://bit.ly/2JaqpdP.
If you’d like to donate separately to Experience Camps, please do so at the following link:
If interested in creating your own event and you have questions, need ideas, etc, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.