Mother's Day has another side for loss survivors

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    April 30, 2014 10:36 a.m.

    My mother died at 39 when I was 9, a brother 6, and a sister 5. For me, it wasn't the first Mother's Day, following her death. It was the first Christmas, as she made that season a magical time without excess commercialism. It took me 15 years and a wise therapist to fully accept she was gone. Now, almost 48 years later, the pain has been replaced with fond memories and gratitude for having memories of a loving mother. By bringing us 4 into the world (including a twin sister who died at birth), against doctors' warnings, she cut her life short. Meaningful article, even though I'm a son.