SHERRY KUGHN: ‘Pillows’ of memory make holidays better

Christmastime is supposed to be joyful. People in grief, though, often experience emptiness. The expectation of how they are supposed to feel, rather than how they do feel, creates anxiety. Books help.

My mother, Sarah Parker Ford, died in January after I spent a quiet Christmas day with her a month before. Throughout the subsequent months, I knew these holidays would be hard. Fortunately, a friend named Teddy Copeland sent me a book months ago appropriately entitled, “First Year Without Mama.” I read it little by little so I could compare the feelings I was having with hers.

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