I just lost my mom last year. She was only 62 years old. It is hard to see all the media coverage and ads and things for Mother's Day when I don't have one. I had been going through that with Father's day for the last 20 years (I was 16 when I lost my dad), and just as it was getting easier as the years went by, it started all over again last year with Mother's Day. Since she died in Feb. (2011) I don't think I had processed that she was gone when last year's Mother's Day came. Both my parents died young and it's hard to only be 36 years old and already be orphaned.
I am a big believer in having some sort of memorial from which to remember our loved ones. They have beautiful parent jewelry that holds some cremated ashes or another tribute to your parent ( a few strands of hair, etc.) and I actually have an angel pendant that holds some of my grandmother's ashes. I treasure it.. I'm so sorry for the loss of your mom and hope that things have gotten better with time. Hope this helps!
My parents have been deceased for 6 years now and this is the first Xmas that I felt they were truly gone. I felt alone. I prayed to God and turned my thoughts about this over to God and God made it better. The aloneness went away. God can do wonders. If you have faith, turn to God. If not, Turn to God anyway. Give it shot. Nobody will know except you and God.