How can I help my parents cope with losing their special needs child?
I need help. My special-needs brother just passed away. My mother has been his caregiver 24x7 for 41 years. He was severely mentally & physically disabled & non-verbal. My father helped when he could., but primarily, my mother did EVERYTHING. now that my broth is gone, my mother seems to have "lost it" so she's only eating sweets, is depressed but getting help. My father, is VERY angry. He is more than just MEAN to my mother and has threatened to leave if she doesn't change. It's only been a month. He has no one to talk to and is extremely negative about seeking help of any kind. I've been a sounding block for them and I'm okay with that for now, but will soon have to create some boundaries. They are in their early 70's, have little money and no motivation to do much of anything. They keep to themselves mostly and have been married 50 years. Anyone have similar experiences? Suggestions?!