Bereaved Spouses

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Comment by Carol Kayser on October 19, 2013 at 12:26am
Dear Charley. Re your stepdaughter - I was just reading Marsha's reply to you and I entirely agree with her comments. My husband lost his mom when he was 12, his oldest sister 17 and his youngest sister 7. His dad re- married twice. His last marriage lasted 30 years plus. His wife Wendy is our children's grandma. After he passed away one of my husband's sisters said she had no desire to ever talk to his wife again. Ever. She said she wasn't her mother and she didn't need her in her life. That was it. To this day his wife still holds out hope.
So this happens over and over, sadly. When there is a grandchild involved though that is so sad. You need that child in your life and the child needs you.
Just give it some time. Hopefully she will come around.

Comment by Jan on October 18, 2013 at 10:04pm
Charley's step daughter probably doesn't know how she fits in your life now. After my husband passed his dad called me just like he always had since he retired as if nothing changed. I thought how wonderful he is still my dad when I secretly was wondering what my relationship with my in laws will be like. I was sad that I was no longer technically their daughter in law. The step daughter may have the same feelings or concerns.
Comment by Diane C on October 18, 2013 at 6:44pm

Hi Charley,

Sorry to hear you have having family problems. Sounds like your step-daughter needs her butt kicked. I feel so bad for you that she is behaving so horribly. Some day she will realize that this was not your fault and her behavior towards you is uncalled for. Shame on her for denying you the pleasure of being with your granddaughter. I pray that she wakes up soon and realizes that you both need this child in your lives right now. Good luck Charley, know that we are all behind you and feel free to express yourself here. Hugs to you!!

Comment by Diane C on October 18, 2013 at 6:39pm


That was the nicest gesture you made in keeping the vacation plans and taking your mom with you. You both need some vacation time away and try to get yourselves through this horrible ordeal that you have both had to experience so soon after the other. I have no idea how you go about going through the loss of your Dad and your Husband in such a short period of time Lots of thoughts and prayers your way!!

Comment by Diane C on October 18, 2013 at 6:36pm


I am so happy that the lady you met this summer has found you again. It sounds like she really needs an understanding friend right now. Bless you for opening up to her and taking her in as a friend. You are so good at that. Being a good friend to others. I would have never made it through my dark days without you in my corner and all the others on this site.

I wish you luck with the Celexa and I am glad to hear that your girlfriend will be there if you need her. I know you have had some bad reactions to other medications, but I hope and pray that this one works for you as well as the last one did. My doctor just retired in Sept. so I full know what your are  going to be going through with your doctor soon. Take care Marsha, you are always in my thoughts and prayers!! Love and Hugs to you!

Comment by Diane C on October 18, 2013 at 6:30pm

Hi Robin,

That was a huge change for you to experience. For the longest time I could not even say my husbands name without breaking down and bawling. You will find that things become easier for you as time goes on. All of a sudden  you will realize, wow, I just got through this or that a little easier than the last time. We will all still have our moments of crying and break downs, but it does ease somewhat. I remember the first time I called my bereavement counselor and I am sure she had no idea what I was saying I was sobbing so hard. I had to try to calm down and then call her back. That is what life is like for me now. When something is so difficult to deal with, I just give it time and try it again. Sooner or later, I can conquer the situation. I know you are trying to be strong for your in-laws and I applaud you for doing it. It has only been 3 months for you, so just be patient with yourself. Hang in there, you are doing good. Hugs to you!

Comment by Marsha H on October 18, 2013 at 4:51pm

Charley ...  I'm so sorry you are going through this, but it's not uncommon.  Immediate families can be divided with the loss of one's spouse to long-time friends simply disappearing.  Sometimes it's caused by burying one's head in the sand and not facing the person grieving and sometimes they are grieving as well.  You have to understand your step-daughter is grieving in her own way and along with grief (as I am sure you know) comes depression, sadness, guilt, 'what ifs' or 'should haves', remorse and on and on the list goes. It's the process of grief.  I was so into my own grief when my husband passed of pancreatic cancer in 2011 that I couldn't see at first that family on both sides and friends were also grieving in their own way.  Some simply couldn't face me without seeing my husband next to me and I have to accept that.

I don't know if you are phoning your step-daughter, emailing or texting her, but give her a little more time.  She is grieving as well.  You could send her a nice card with a note in it expressing how you realize she is grieving for her mother as well and understand and you miss her mother as well, but will be there for her and want to keep up the relationship with her and your granddaughter.  It's sure worth a try.

I know it's cruel, but often when a mother/father remarries and there are step-children involved and one spouse passes away the children of the deceased often feel that's the end of that part of the family and leave the step-father/mother out of the picture.  You do have a right to see your granddaughter.  So give the card and note a try.  Good luck.


Comment by DesertDove on October 18, 2013 at 4:46pm


  Sorry to hear you are going thru this.  It sucks, but things like that happen all the time.   Is your Granddaughter yours biologically?  if not,  that might be a difficult issue,  but it can depend on alot of things.  Does your Step Daughter blame you in some way for her Mother's passing?  or any kind of reason like that?  It sounds like there is not a good communication line open btwn you both,  Is that correct? I know just trying to talk to the other person can be so hard even when its a Sister, as I have gone thru.  Maybe you could get a Mediator??  or a Church Pastor  to help with this Dilemma   Or how about a Social Worker from the Hospital, I now know  they are suppossed to be helpful   How old is your granddaughter??  is he/she old enough for Phone Calls or text messages?   All these things would be taken in account as to how to handle the situation.....

Comment by Charley Solyom on October 18, 2013 at 2:26pm

So what do you do when your step-daughter wants no part of you when mom dies. She is so self-centered and only thinks of herself. I want to continue to see my granddaughter but she won't reply. Hope you are all staying strong...we have to, don't we.

Comment by Marsha H on October 18, 2013 at 2:09pm

Robin ...  Thanks for understanding re the doctors.  I'm in British Columbia, Canada and my doctor is semi-retired, but said he and his partner are looking for a young GP to take over the practice and many new GPs are coming out of med school.  What hurt me the most was that my GP use to be so caring, but now it appears he's rushing just to get out the door (my appointment was at noon and he didn't have anymore patients.)  A hand on my shoulder and some encouraging words he once use to give me would have been nice.  He did talk to me and was pleasant, but that was it.  When doubt, either write out a prescription or send the patient for blood tests!  Back to square one!

I am so sorry your anniversary is coming up and I know exactly how you feel.  It's wonderful of you to take your mother on vacation and I think it will do the both of you the world of good.  You both have something in common.  You have a wonderful time and rest and just enjoy the sun and relax.  I'll be thinking of you.

It was strange how I met this lady and she looked as lost and sad as I did.  I do believe miracles happen all the time.  She still has her spouse, but I do understand when a child has passed away (no matter what their age) it's horrific and both parents generally hold in their emotions from someone and the mother always seems to have the worst grieving.  I know because my mother-in-law had a son that passed away at 25 and even though she had three other sons and a daughter you just can't replace or get over the one child you lost. 

My father passed away in 1973, my in-laws in the mid-90's and my mother in 2004 so now I live in the area where they all lived and since my husband has passed away I feel so alone because I'm the only survivor within the area I live.  Not a nice feeling.  I am lucky I have one great girlfriend and my small immediate family is good to me (I have no children.)  I try to take each blessing as best I can. 

I wish you a peaceful and great weekend Robin.  Look forward to that holiday!




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