how to understand this "Feel"

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jasonlulu_2000

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We want to give our guests a homely feel, so each room is themed around memories from our lives. There are also styles to remind me of Mom ---- a tiny chair which used to be in her bedroom is set in one room.
We are having a wonderful life and Mum feels naturally part of it, because there’s no way we would be here if it wasn’t for the necklace she gave me. I know she’s here in spirit, keeping an eye on us .

I am puzzled over the underlined "feels" . Since her mother is dead, how could she feel naturally part of it? Is "feels" naturally or correctly used here?

Should it be written like "Mum makes me feel she is naturally part of it" instead?

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We cannot help but feel that Mum is a part of the wonderful life we are leading, because she made that life possible. This emotional belief is unavoidable.

People always feel (have a belief based on emotion) that their parents continue to be part of their lives even after death, because they remember things their parents taught them, did for them, gave them. etc.
 

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Thanks, but you got me wrong.

What I am puzzled over is why the subject of "feels" is "Mum" instead of "we".

Since mum is gone, how could we know she feels "part of us"?
 

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It's a passive use of feel. When the speaker says Mom feels, she is not talking about how her Mom feels. Mom is dead and ain't feeling much of anything. She is talking about how her Mom feels to her, in other words what emotions her mother tends to invoke in her.
 
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Compare: These shoes feel comfortable.

The shoes feel nothing.
 
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