On a day when mothers across the country are being showered with homemade crafts, bouquets of flowers and breakfast in bed, those who have lost their matriarch find today a little tougher.
Mother’s Day, and the lead up to it, can stir up painful emotions.
Canberra father Lach Searle and his two young children are spending another Mother’s Day without wife and mother Rebecca McGloughlin, who died two years ago, and the day poses new challenges each year.
“This will be our third without Bec,” Mr Searle said.
“It’s different each year, because obviously the kids are growing up and they don’t have any memories themselves of what Mother’s Day was like with their mother, because they were too little, so it is whatever we really make it.”
To help navigate a life without their beloved family member, Mr Searle writes letters to his children Tommy and Lottie (Lotts) of stories and memories of their mum, publishing them on his blog, The Daddy Letters.
He said it was mainly a written record for his kids to look back on, but by posting them publicly he has been able to connect with others.
"Ultimately it's for them, but it is nice to share as well," he said.
"By sharing it I've been able to touch base with a few other widows and widowers who have been thinking similar things and going through similar things at the same time."
Last week Mr Searle posted a raw and honest account of how his young family were coping as another Mother's Day loomed.