By Lindsay Harrison
Author of Missing
Surviving a holiday in the wake of losing a parent is always difficult. In the six years since my mother's untimely death, Mother's Day has been a particularly bittersweet affair for me. In the weeks leading up to this Mother's Day, my email inbox has been bombarded with no fewer than 50 offers for Mother's Day gifts. Sure, I would like to give my mother a hot stone massage, a bouquet of flowers, or a box of chocolates, but I don't have that luxury anymore. Living Social even sent me an offer to take my mom on a Sex and the City walking tour. Time Out New York suggested a disco brunch. While I have no choice but to quickly delete these emails, they fill me with a pang of regret.
I know that I am not alone in this struggle. For all of us who have lost a loved one, and are sadly reminded of that loss on holidays, I have a few suggestions.
1. Celebrate the living. If there was a silver lining to losing my mother, it was that theRead More »from 5 Ways to Survive Missing Your Mom on Mother's Day