Mom's best friend at retirement home moved out...mom is having coping issues.
My mom, who is 96, moved into a retirement home in December, 2011. She made a very good friend there with whom she ate her meals, went to activities, etc. The friend just moved out of the facility and went to live near one of her sons in another state. My mom is having a hard time coping with the loss. I told her she had met many friends through this lady, but my Mom isn't buying it...says she'll have to eat alone now, she's not near any relatives (I live over an hour's drive away, and my sister, who lives fairly close, is not in the picture). I am afraid if I move my mother to a facility near me it will kill her at her age. For personality reasons and smallness of our house, I cannot have her live at my house. Has anyone dealt with this kind of loss for a parent, and what did you do? Thanks in advance for any advice.