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Coping with loss

Question: Last year, my husband was hit from behind by a truck that lost control on ice. In the accident our seven year old niece was killed, our year old niece was injured and their step father was injured. My husband suffered life threatening injures. They didn't believe he would ever walk again but he…

Feeling taken advantage of?

Question: I recently quit my job and moved in to care for my elderly grandparents after they asked me to. I have two uncles and a father who do nothing but take her money. I am a single mother of four and my grandmother only puts gas in my car. How do I explain to…

How do I move beyond my feelings of guilt?

Question: My Mother died two years ago and I'm still wrestling with guilt--and grief. The guilt is what I need help with. The grief is lifting a bit. Here is my problem: There were things such as visiting, phoning, taking her places that I didn't do as frequently as she would have liked, because I…

I think hoarding is killing my father-in-law

Question: My in-laws are hoarders. They will never admit it but their house, garage, two sheds, two vehicles, 18 wheeler trailer and second family home are stuffed. My father in-law has battled cancer, had a hip replacement, pacemaker and most recently a medical grade staph infection. After being hospitalized for several months with the staph…

How to handle his rages

Question: My husband has moderate vascular dementia and his last stroke caused right frontal lobe damage. He sometimes goes into rages. I can usually calm him, but sometimes I can't. I have had to leave three times as he threatens violence. He will not go into a home, so I keep coming back to care…

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