Local teacher is helping those grieving this Mother’s Day

Kera Sanchez of Palatine is a high school teacher at Round Lake High School that has taken on a new role since the unexpected loss of her mother (Laura Jacobson, also a former teacher, at Cary Grove High School): editor-in-chief of her own creation, Get Griefy Magazine.

Now, in collaboration with Beth Goshow of the popular “Daughters Without Moms” podcast, the two are helping others who are grieving the loss of a mom this holiday. 

They have opened up a virtual Mother’s Day message board, inviting those missing a motherly presence this season to participate by writing a message to their mom or mother figure, creating a tribute to moms everywhere.

The idea was inspired by one of Goshow’s interviews on her podcast, where a guest reflected on growing up in elementary school without her mom, and how teachers always told her to make the cards or crafts for an aunt or a grandma instead. The guest now reflects that she simply wished they said it was OK to still write a letter to her mom, even though she was dead.

Now, Sanchez and Goshow have combined forces, pulling together their creativity and compassion to help others who might be feeling the same way, and simply want a place to display their love for their mom or mother figure this mother’s day.

To learn more about the project visit, and to learn about Kera’s grief magazine, Get Griefy, aiming to help those living with loss, visit,

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