My father was heartbroken when she passed away, but five months after her death, he began dating Bonnie. I had gone through many years of infertility problems, and now I had another difficult pregnancy during my mother's illness. I went to the hospital pharmacy, with my young son when I should have been in bed.
I would not let her suffer one second, as she would have done for me!
But it's seldom that simple and the changes in your relationship with your parent can be unnerving.
After my mother died quite young, my father, who lived into his 90s, married two other women.
After a while, though, I realised that eventually I would have to try to fill the gaping hole and I began to think about another aspect of my situation – being single again after 14 years of marriage. One day, my daughter asked me if I was going to get a girlfriend. After a pause, she asked with a hint of excitement: "Will we get a baby brother or sister?
The heart of our family had been ripped away from us, and as much as counselling helped me come to terms with the reality, the gaping hole remained.
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Chances are that one or both of your parents will be with another person at some point in your life.
One might expect adult children to be thrilled when their parents find happiness in remarriage or have someone special in their lives after a divorce or the death of a spouse.