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To ds.. was posted 09/30/1997 12:17 pm by Melanie
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I know what you are going through. I'm no expert, but your father's behavior is most likely the only way he can respond to the situation at this point. Unfortunately, this does not help your mother deal with her illness. Ruth wrote a lovely response with a lot of wisdom. You can't fix your dad, so you need to be there for your mom. I think it's very common for people, especially the spouse or someone very close to the ill person, to go into denial. What's worse is they don't know how to help themselves get past that. If you can get him into counseling (probably a tall order) that might help. If you have not yet contacted your local hospice, you might want to do that - they have a variety of services, including family counseling. In the meantime, follow Ruth's advice and give your mom quality time. It will help you in the long run too! Hearts who have been there are with you! Melanie

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