Mom had two Christmas cacti. My sister took one, which was starting to bloom. The week before Mom's death, she had shown the buds to me and also to two brothers. It is a beautiful plant and Mom had it showcased by her bedroom window.
I took the other cactus. It was smaller and not in bud. Two months later, my cactus is in full bloom. It's probably blooming because of the cool spring weather, but I like to think of it as my memorial cactus. It's putting on quite a show in memory of my mother.