How do you cope when you lose your mother?

Philippines
November 27, 2008 7:51am CST
How do you cope? How long will the pain last? My mother is dying. She is very sick. Her cancer has metastasized into her spine. I am an only child and my Dad was never part of my life. How do you live without your mother by your side? I am afraid that I will lose my memory of her or I will begin to forget after a few years. Will that happen? I do not want to forget her voice, her warmth, her laugh.