Philosophers' Café

Mother's Day - How do we all experience this day differently?

Is the mother-child relationship constructed? What is its significance? Are there differences across cultures? May this relationship cause existential suffering? Is the maternal bond finite or infinite? And how is this relationship affected by death or estrangement? Would "Mother's Day Remembrance" serve as a tradition for those suffering the loss of this relationship?

Mother's Day is a very popular cultural celebration in North America and there are differences in how this significant day is acknowledged across cultures. Mother’s Day may be more complicated than our traditions and advertisements would have us believe. For many, this day may evoke a complex range of emotions and questions: feelings of guilt, sadness, loneliness, disconnection and estrangement may all be part of our experience on this day and even throughout the year. In this Café, we will endeavour to explore and discuss the intricacies and nuances of maternal relationships, as well as differences in how we experience and observe this significant day. Also, the annual Mother's Day Remembrance event details will be made available.


Thu, 19 Apr 2018 5:30 PM

READ-Ability Lounge, 1st floor, City Centre Library, 10350 University Dr., Surrey | 604-598-7420 | Map


  • Valerie Malla

    Valerie Malla is a Simon Fraser University student majoring in philosophy and psychology. She has worked mainly in the legal field, but today contributes part of her time as a life coach.  

    She enjoys engaging with her community in many respects in order to promote social harmony. Her projects include the annual Mother's Day Remembrance event held on Mother's Day for those who have lost their mother or are otherwise estranged. She is also founder of "Philosophers' Stone Café," which seeks to provide philosophy-based instruction to marginalized populations. 

    Valerie previously trained as a broadcast journalist and received a national award from CBC in the category of Best Radio Documentary. 

    She has long enjoyed singing, writing and generally being creative, and describes herself to be, "As objective as possible. I believe that suspending one's judgement, as much as it is possible, is imperative in bringing one closer to the truth. And, we need a sense of truth for stability and assurance in our lives." Participating in philosophical discussion is one of her favourite pastimes.  

    She may be contacted at:

Admission: Free. Registration not required.

Duration: 90 mins

Related topic(s): Liberal Arts

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