"What a Mother can Endure" is a novella written by Hendrik Conscience, a Belgian author from the 19th century. The story recounts the tragic events in the life of a mother, who loses all of her children to an epidemic disease. The heart-wrenching narrative explores the depths of human suffering and the emotional resilience of a mother's love. Conscience's moving portrayal of a mother's grief and despair has established "What a Mother can Endure" as a classic of Belgian literature. The novella was first published in 1859.