ONE woman is grieving the loss of her mother so much she has taken to eating her ashes in a bid to feel close to her.
41-year-old Debra Parsons lost her mother Doreen in May 2017 and has spoken of the toll its taken on her since.
The woman has said she's set to celebrate her first Christmas without her mother by sprinkling her ashes on her dinner, having already consumed spoonfuls of the ash in the past.
According to The Mirror, on days Debra felt the saddest about missing her mother, she resorted to taking spoonfuls and eating them to feel close to her.
Debra said people have already subjected her to criticism but regardless, it makes her feel better about the loss: "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."
Debra plans to add her mum to Christmas Day by keeping her as close as possible: "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."
Debra is due to get married next year but until then, she says she will continue to consume her mother's ashes to get through the grief.
She said she thinks her mum would be supportive of her rituals: "...I know my mum would have been happy for me to do whatever I needed to get over no longer having her in my life."