The depth of a mother’s love

“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.”–Sophia Loren

We sometimes romanticize Mother’s Day, talking about all the love and sacrifices women make to take care of their children. Yet, there are heartaches along the way, too, for children who grow up feeling unloved by their mothers or vice versa.

Still, underneath all the various stories, there is a primal need most mothers have to take care of their offspring, as nature shows us with the many ways animals nurture their young.

This Mother’s Day, I want to share a story about the depth of one mother’s love by her reclaiming the will to live:


While enjoying dinner the other night with my doctor friend, an anesthesiologist, he asked me if I believe in out-of-body experiences.

“Yes,” I responded having read many stories of people who saw themselves outside of their bodies either in deep meditation or in near-death experiences.

Curious why he asked, he shared the following story:

One night while he was working in the emergency room a woman in critical condition was brought to the hospital following a head-on car collision. Her three children, all in diapers, remain unharmed sitting in the waiting room.

The mother needed immediate surgery, and ended up “flat-lining,” meaning she was clinically dead. Despite valiant efforts to save the woman’s life the surgeon turned to my anesthesiologist friend and said, “We have a cadaver.”

My friend responded, “No we don’t. This woman has three kids in diapers in the waiting room.”

Heroically, the surgeon and anesthesiologist kept pounding on the women’s chest and trying every medical technique they could to revive her. Their efforts were successful.

Hours later, when the woman became conscious, she turned to my anesthesiologist friend and said, “I was so pissed off at you. I could hear you pounding on my chest and telling the surgeon you intended to keep me alive, but I was so happy where I was. I could see my parents and all the people I loved who had passed on. It was such a blissful place to be. I didn’t want to come back.”

However, the turning moment she recalled was when she heard the anesthesiologist tell the surgeon there were three children in diapers in the waiting room.

“I couldn’t leave my children,” the woman told my friend. “I had to come back.” The mother is alive and well today, as are her children.

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Happy Mother’s Day…to all you beautifully inspiring women out there, and thanks to the men in their lives who support them!

For those of you who live locally in Arizona, please join me at the new Civana Wellness Resort in Carefree, Sunday, May 13, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for my specially priced “Claim Your Worthiness” workshop as part of their Mother’s Day weekend offering.

Priced at only $20 per person, in this 60-minute workshop I will be leading you deeper than our concepts of self-love to help you claim a greater sense of worthiness.

Integrating a greater sense of worthiness not only helps elevate our lives (and those we care for) to new levels, but it keeps us healthier.  Claiming our worthiness can add to our longevity, by knowing we have a reason and purpose for living.

Moms in particular benefit from instilling a sense of worthiness so they learn better self-care while nurturing others.  Also, the more worthy we feel, the greater potential to model healthy self-esteem for our children and grandchildren. To learn more about the workshop or to register, email me at




The above picture of “an awakening blossom” is a unique portrayal of a Mother’s Day flower taken by my photographer friend Sharon Spector of Scottsdale, AZ. To learn more about Sharon’s work, email:



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  • lisa franklin says:

    God Speed Gail!
    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Wish I lived closer so I could attend your event…However on May 13th I will be going to my 30 Year Old son’s Graduation from Columbia College! As you know he was in the financial world for 8 years and completely miserable…went back to College per my ‘orders’ – and Graduated Magna Cum Laude! I say ‘orders’ because as his Mother and Biggest Fan I knew that my son would NEVER be happy or complete unless he followed his dreams and pursued his passion in Film! I LOVE BEING A MOTHER – AND GRANDMOTHER MORE THAN WORDS CAN EXPRESS! Grateful God Granted me these honors!
    Love you and Happy Mother’s and Grandmother’s Day to you as well!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Congrats, Lisa: What a gift you gave your son in encouraging him to pursue HIS dream…So happy to hear he’s making it come true and you will be there to witness this great achievement. Happy Mother’s and Grandmother’s Day to you as well. And, I will get back East to teach some workshops there…my book is en route to you; you should receive it today! Time to spread the word of love and worthiness everywhere! Love you, too, dear friend. Gail

  • Lisa May says:

    Absolutely beautiful story, Gail! I’m sure the room will be overflowing on Sunday, I will be there in spirit my friend!!!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Lisa: I’m sure I will feel your spirit there:) What fun! Blessings, Gail

  • As usual, Gail, you write beautifully. I will be forwarding this email to my sister, Barbara, who lives in Gilbert, AZ. I don’t know if she will attend, but I will recommend you highly.
    Take care and Happy Mother’s Day!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Dick: And I thank you for your heart-centered appreciation of my work and your consistent follow through in helping me and my mission of teaching love and worthiness reach more people. I hope I get to meet your sister, Barbara, Sunday! Bless you, Gail

  • I am SO moved by that story!! Thank you for sharing it. The power of a mother’s love is indescribable and this is a perfect example of LOVE triumphing even in the face of death. What an incredible thing for you to remind us of as Mother’s Day approaches. Keep doing what you’re doing Gail – you inspire so many!!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Lisa: And YOU remind me by your words also the gift of mother love when it is truly unconditional, by loving our children through thick and thin in ways they cannot fathom…and may not even fathom until much later in life after they endure their own adversities. To the strength of a mother’s will, as exemplified by the story of the woman who fought for her life for her children. Happy Mother’s Day, sweet friend. Gail

  • G. Jill Cook says:

    Hi Gail! Wish I could attend, but we have afternoon plans for Sunday. I hope to attend in the future. Sounds interesting. As always, I truly enjoy your words of wisdom and inspiration!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Hi Jill: Happy Mother’s Day…look forward to seeing you at another event. Thanks for your kind words on my writing. Blessings, Gail

  • Beautiful article, Gail…and congrats on kicking off your programs at Civana – the first of many, I’m sure!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Thanks, Dr. Shani: I appreciate your feedback on my writing and good wishes for teaching at Civana- the perfect wellness resort for my work. Blessings, Gail

  • Karen Annese says:

    Thanks so much for this posting Gail! As always you are right on! A perfect example of unconditional love! Thank you for blazing the trail!
    Much love!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      I am so grateful this story of unconditional love was presented to me, just as I was pondering a blog post to write for Mother’s Day. It’s so much fun being “a trailblazer” (thanks for that word, Karen) when one honor’s divine guidance, then writes about it. Thanks for your continued belief in my work on teaching love and worthiness. Love and hugs to you as well…and Happy Mother’s Day! Gail

  • Bev Wax says:

    Wonderful story and I wished I lived in AZ! My mom was also a great grandmother to my three children. After she passed, my daughter named her cookie business after her. Touched my heart and still miss my mother to this day. Your writing always reminds me to take nothing for granted. Happy Mother’s Day to you Gail too!

    • Gail Kauranen Jones says:

      Bev: I wish all my East Coast friends could come to my workshop Sunday…maybe someday when I build retreats here. Glad you liked the Mother’s Day story I shared, and I was touched by your own. How “sweet” (pardon the pun) that your daughter named her cookie business after your mom…it must make you so proud. Happy Mother’s Day to you as well. Hugs, Gail

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