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Parents going through divorce; Midlife Crisis - June 29th 2009, 11:53 PM

Hello, my mom and my dad went through a divorce a few weeks ago.
It's not complete yet, because we need to sell the house and the business to split assets.

They've been married for 25 years, and the reason for the divorce is complicated. However, one of the big factors in divorce is that my mom has a 95% chance of getting diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.

My sister(19) and I (15m) have decided to live with my mom.

Up until a few days ago, my mom has been feeling very down, and rarely talks. I'm thinking its midlife crisis. Right now at this moment in which I'm writing, she's on the phone with her sister, and she's crying.

What do I do?
The house just feels so quiet and empty...

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Re: Parents going through divorce; Midlife Crisis - June 30th 2009, 02:05 AM

well your mom is def. going through a lot right now, i'm sure ending a marriage after 25 years was pretty hard on her and the fact that she possibly has ovarian cancer makes it even worse. so that could be easily why she has been feeling down!

talk to your mom and support her through this cruical time in her life. she needs to know that people care/love her. talking out her feelings would also help, so try to keep the communcation strong! watch out and make sure she's okay for awhile!

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Re: Parents going through divorce; Midlife Crisis - June 30th 2009, 06:51 PM

Hi Jeffery,

A divorce is always a really difficult time for a family, but the important thing is to stick together and talk through it. It sounds like your mom really needs to be reminded about how much her children support her and care about her.

If the house is feeling lonely and quiet for you, chances are it feels the same for your mom. Maybe try getting her out of the house and going for a walk. Some fresh air would probably do both of you some good, and it would give you a chance to talk to your mom and find out how she's feeling and why she is so down.

Sometimes it's hard to talk about these things, and if she doesn't feel like opening up, try not to press her. Spend time with her, go for walks, help her around the house, and try to get her involved in some kind of activity. Actions do speak louder than words.

Your mom is really lucky to have you. Stay strong and stick together.

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