When your parent starts dating

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“Dad said I was just trying to keep him away from her,” says Walton.“But she could have been any other woman and I would have felt the same way.

Often, the child who doesn’t want to accept the loss of a deceased parent is actually afraid that he or she will replace the missing parent.Learn more about how to understand your aging parent’s needs and what to do when they begin to date someone new.After Ashlie Walton’s mother died from lung cancer in 2015, grief erased the zest for life that her dad, Michel, 65, had always possessed.Michel had trouble sleeping and spoke poorly of himself.He started smoking cigars and rarely left his house.

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