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”How can we help our mum?”

Our agony aunt, Mary Fenwick, offers a new perspective on whatever is troubling you
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Mary Fenwick is a business coach, journalist, fundraiser, mother, divorcée and widow

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Q My gran has always favoured her two sons (my uncles) over my mother. Mum was pushed out when my grandad died a few years ago – she was asked to leave his care home, only to receive a blunt phonecall afterwards saying he’d passed away. My uncle then buried the ashes, along with my gran, leaving my mother out. My gran invites my uncles and their families to dinner – not myself and my sister. She takes an interest in their lives, yet not ours. She is rude, nasty and spiteful to my mum on a daily basis. Mum is upset frequently, but still seems to want the love and attention that she has never received. My gran has said, at times mid-argument, that she doesn’t love my mother. I have hit my limit of watching Mum being torn apart emotionally. We have suggested counselling, but she says she doesn’t like the thought that her own mother has driven her to take that action. Name supplied

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