In this episode of “The Journey of My Mother’s Son” podcast, I sit down to talk with Melissa Reilly.

Melissa Reilly is a mom of two boys, clinical psychologist and parent coach who is passionate about helping moms separated from their mother by physical distance, estrangement, or death, move from feelings of insecurity, isolation and overwhelm to a place of resilience.

In her own words, Melissa says:

“Alone in the hospital room six hours after giving birth I felt an unbelievable emotional pain that felt like part of me was breaking.  I lost my mother 15 years previously and yet in that moment the pain I felt over her absence was as if she had just died again.  I couldn’t believe that instead of being consumed with joy I was overwhelmed with grief.  What was wrong with me?

Moms separated from their own mother by physical distance, emotional estrangement or death experience a grief process that is rarely identified, let alone talked about.  As a clinical psychologist and mom coach I love to help moms without a mom heal through grief, build community, feel joy in motherhood and move from feelings of isolation, insecurity and overwhelm to a place of confidence and resilience.”

To find out more about Melissa, check out her website at

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