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Obligations to Parents

Dying Parent: Woman Makes Decision About Visiting Abusive Father In Hospice

Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.15.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

A few weeks ago, a reader who we called "SH" wrote to ask advice from readers about whether to go visit her dying father. He had been abusive to her mother throughout a 20-year-marriage, she wrote, and had cut all ties with his children back when SH was still in her teens. She just made her decision.

Does She Have To Say Good-Bye To A Dying Parent Who Was Abusive?

Lisa Belkin | Posted 12.18.2012 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

A reader wrote to me at 3 a.m. the other day. Her father, an abusive parent, is in hospice in Florida, about 1,300 miles from her home. To scrape together the funds for travel, and miss work for the days she is away, would leave her destitute, she says. Should she visit him before he dies?