Her Father Remarried Just a Year After Her Half-Sister’s Mother Died So She Told Her Father How He Failed to Support Her Grieving Sister

A woman recently had a difficult talk with her father about his parenting failures after he remarried just a year after her youngest sister’s mother passed away. But she wondered, was he really a bad parent or just a grieving widower? Here’s what she had to say.

The Woman Had a Half-Sister

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The woman’s father had a one-night stand some years ago and the family welcomed her half-sister a few years later. Her half-sister’s mother eventually became their father’s first wife.

Her Half-Sister’s Mother Died

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They were a happy family for several years. Unfortunately, the woman’s half-sister lost her mother when she was 7. During this time, the woman wasn’t close to her half-sister as she lived with her own mother most of the time.

The woman was also just a young girl when her stepmom died, but she didn’t experience as much grief at the time. However, her father shut down entirely and refused to talk about it.

He Met Someone At a Support Group

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A year after the death of his first wife, their father attended a support group for widows, where he met a woman who was the sister of a regular attendee. A year later, their father married her.

The woman revealed that her sister disliked how her father seemed to replace their mother with his second wife. “She hated how Dad sort of put his second wife into the role of her mom,” the woman said. 

His Second Wife Wanted to Be There For The Girl

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While the second wife was kind, she had always longed for children but couldn’t have any of her own. She hoped she could at least become a mother figure to the young girl who had lost her mother at a tender age.

The woman’s sister really wanted to talk about her mother’s death. However, she didn’t want to talk to just anyone. She wanted someone she felt safe with and close to.

The Sister Wasn’t Comfortable Speaking to The Second Wife

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Although their father’s second wife made repeated efforts to be there for the woman’s half-sister, the young girl didn’t feel a real connection to the second wife. The girl needed her father to talk with her about her emotions, but he chose to act as if his first wife and her mother had never existed.

She Didn’t Want to Forget Her Mother

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To keep her mother’s memory alive, the woman’s half-sister created a shrine dedicated to her in her room. Although her father refused to discuss their shared loss, she couldn’t stop thinking about her.

She Went to Therapy

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The woman’s half-sister agreed to therapy, and through the process, she began to understand the disappointment and anger she felt towards their father. The woman said, “She said she was a little girl who lost her mom, her only mom, and he left her to deal with that love and loss alone.”

Their Father Didn’t React Appropriately

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Over time, the woman’s half-sister had accepted that their father did love her mother but that he was dealing with grief in his way. They recently had a conversation about how she felt and why she thought they weren’t as close as they could be.

The woman also had a conversation with her father, and he questioned how effective therapy would be for her half-sister if she still held everything against him.

She Defended Her Sister

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The woman told their father that it was expected for his youngest daughter to feel how she does, especially since he failed her when he needed her the most. He didn’t take it well.

People Responded

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One person said, “I can’t imagine losing my mom as a young child. I know that you didn’t know the mom, but your dad did.”

Another person also remarked, “I feel like he failed as a parent by not actually being there for your sister.”

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