I looked at the long dirt road that crawled across the plains, remembering the morning that Mama had died, cruel and sunny. They had come for her in a wagon and taken her away to be buried. And then the cousins and aunts and uncles had come and tried to fill up the house. But they couldn't.
Slowly, one by one they left. And then the days seemed long and dark like winter days, even though it wasn't winter.
This is from a novel "Sarah, Plain and Tall". Does this "fill up the house" mean "fill up the house spiritually",that means "cheer the family, or "physically"? I mean "physically" is the cousins, aunts and uncles.