My dad is dating the mother of one of my childhood friends. I don’t know how to handle this

My mother died of cancer a year ago. My father loved her through 33 years of marriage, and I know he went through a lot. But I don’t know how to deal with the fact that he seems to be dating the mother of one of my childhood friends. She is a nice person and I know he deserves happiness but I feel like it is too soon, and that him dating someone he knew all throughout their marriage is a betrayal.

I know it doesn’t make sense but I don’t know how to handle this.

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Your dad’s ability to embrace life again is a testament to hope – and the power of human connection

Sometimes someone’s behaviour can hurt others terribly, even if they are not doing anything wrong.

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Your pain is natural and understandable, and yet your mindset is right in that your dad deserves to find happiness. In truth, his ability to embrace life again is a testament to hope, and a toast to the power of human connection, not a negation of his love for your mom.

That this person knew your family while your mother was still alive may sting more in certain ways – again, your feelings are normal – but it’s a common scenario, as it brings comfort and familiarity. And it can actually help keep your mother’s memory alive, strange as that may seem.

Give yourself time and space – after all, you’re only human

Give yourself time and space to feel all this; it’s part of grieving, and you’re human.

A skilled counsellor can help this transition.

Advice courtesy of clinical psychologist, Andrea Bonior (first published on ‘Washington Post’).

Author: ANA Newswire