This event is part of the Motherless Mother's Day series. All Motherless Mother's Day events are by donation and ALL funds generated will go directly to each individual event's host. You will receive a link to donate directly to your host in a follow-up email from the organizer.
Join The Dinner Party & fellow 20-, 30-, and early-40-somethings who've lost a mom or a child, for an evening of connection, conversation, and (virtual) toasts.
Participants will have a chance to share stories and reflect on loss and life after in small, peer-led groups, hosted by a long-time Dinner Party host.
About the hosts
Mary Horn: Mary lost her mom to ALS in August of 2015. Mary and her dad were her mom's primary caregivers while her mom lived with the disease for 2 years. Being both a caretaker and a daughter, Mary sees grief from multiple perspectives, and knows that suffering and loss can cause indescribable pain as well as deep love, compassion, and connection all at once. She is thrilled to be involved with The Dinner Party — talking candidly about grief has helped her feel less alone in the midst of significant loss. Mary grew up in Boulder, Colorado, lived in New Haven, Connecticut while working on her Ph.D. in music history, and recently relocated to Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, where she now feels quite at home. Mary enjoys baking, practicing yoga, reading, and doting on her dog, Lucy.
Lennon Flowers: Lennon lost her mom during her senior year of college, following a four-year fight with lung cancer. It had been more than three years since her passing when she hitched up her wagon and headed West to Los Angeles. Suddenly 3,000 miles away from home and the friends she’d known for years, she found she no longer had anyone with whom she could talk about her mom, and explore the way in which her life, death, and absence continued to affect her. So when Carla, a friend, colleague, and soon-to-be roommate, invited her over for dinner, it was a no-brainer. What she found around that table, and over many, many dinners since, was a means of keeping of her mom's memory and legacy alive, of naming the parts of herself that remain a reflection of her, and of working through the things they didn't get a chance to resolve in her mom's lifetime. As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Dinner Party and a co-founder of The People's Supper, she remains hellbent on creating spaces where humans can be human, out of a belief that nothing is done in isolation, and that self-help only works in community. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, On Being with Krista Tippett, NYT, and dozens of other publications. Backpacking, North Carolina barbecue, and a good dance party rank high on her list of favorite things.
Iana Sundari Malcolm: At 27, and after 7 years of being her Caregiver, Iana lost her mother to Breast Cancer. At 31 years old, she lost her father to Brain Cancer. Since then, Iana has dedicated her life to the support of Caregivers and all those managing life after loss. Outside of her work as a Community Manager for TDP, Iana is a birth and death Doula. She is a Yoga and Meditation teacher and leads Wellness retreats worldwide. She is currently traveling around the US and Canada in a converted school bus with her husband and pitbull, leading workshops for women. She is a native New Yorker, a foodie, dog lover and a fan of all things wine. Iana is thrilled to be part of the Dinner Party Community!