Losing a loved one can be hard, especially around the festive period.
It’s during these special moments you feel they’re absence even more, and it’s always hurtful.
People cope with the loss of their loved ones in different ways, but I’d never imagined someone dealing with it like this!
Grieving Debra Parsons lost her mom in May of this year, and to celebrate her mom’s life, she plans on involving her in the Christmas meal.
No, Debra won’t be using her mom’s secret stuffing recipe, but she’ll be heavily involved in the cooking process!
Debra’s mom, Doreen, will actually cover her daughter’s Christmas feast as Debra will be scattering the ashes on the turkey before tucking in!
And for dessert, she’ll even sprinkle her mom on there too!
Since her mom’s death Debra, 41, has felt the urge to eat her mom’s ashes since she died in May and has even had a small spoonful most days to feel “as close as possible” to dead mom.
But with Christmas fast approaching, Debra is feeling the cravings for her mom even more.
“It is the only thing that will get me through my first Christmas without mum.
“People might think I’m mad or that it’s not a very respectful thing to do but I just can’t stop myself.
“I see it as a positive thing – allowing her to be close to me and also involving her in the family day.
“I feel like she can live on by being inside of me because if she is part of me she can breathe through my body. My breath is her breath.
“It will be my first Christmas without her and I want her to be involved and this is the only way that feels right to me.”
Doreen Brown suddenly died from an airway obstruction after suffering a chest infection in May.
But this wasn’t Debra’s first tragedy for mum-of-two Debra.
She lost a son in Christmas 1996 after he was born prematurely.
She has struggled for years to cope with her grief. But after Doreen’s death, Debra has plunged to an all-time low.