MISSING A LOVED ONE
Bronagh, 35, Kent
“I always loved Christmas. I come from an Irish family and dad and I were really close. Every year it was our tradition to go and buy a Christmas tree from the same place. We would go for a fry-up at the same café and come home and put the tree up, always having the same argument about why he wouldn’t buy a stand for the tree, instead of propping it up with two bricks in a bucket, which always made the tree wobbly!
“When he died from a heart attack in 2014
I was devastated. I remember crying and thinking that life would never be the same, but also that Christmas would never be the same. The rst time, instead of having lunch at home and having to look at dad’s empty chair at the table, we went out to the pub for lunch, which did help.
“Now I have a little girl and I want to make Christmas special for her, like my mum and dad did for me. My husband says it’s time for us to start making our own traditions as a family and I agree, but it still feels weird because I thought I’d always celebrate it at my parents’. When I see all of the Christmas adverts they make me think about all the people who have lost someone they love. Christmas is a really bittersweet time now.”