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Faith and Family: How adult children can deal with the emotions of a widowed parent

October 29, 2015

Many adult children have a story similar to mine. My mother died of complications from dementia after a 10-year struggle. My father had been her primary caregiver for most of those years. Like many surviving spouses my father had no plans to date after my mother’s death (see story, page 7). One of the first things he said was, “I’m just not interested in dating anyone, let alone remarrying.” In my eyes that was the honorable and chivalrous thing to say. However, within 18 months of my mother’s passing, my father had met, dated and married a sweet widowed lady from our church. So much for not being interested! Looking back at the situation I had some conflicting emotions ranging from amusement to anger to confusion to slight betrayal. It was a new...

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