We need our mom's right up to the day they're gone and then even beyond that.

Mother's day can be bittersweet for those of us who have lost our moms.  It's great to see all the pictures on facebook and elsewhere of happy smiling mothers but acknowledging others good fortune and joy can weigh heavy on the heart.

Just in time this week is an event to gather with others for a candlelight memorial ceremony, music and food as a way to remember loved ones who have died in the past year.

The remembrance event will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 16, at The Harman Center, 101 N. 65th Ave., Yakima.
For more information on this free event, contact Nick Valadez, Virginia Mason Memorial bereavement coordinator, at 509-574-6746.