Parenting Your Parents: Support Strategies for Meeting the Challenge of Aging in the Family

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CASE STUDY EIGHTEEN
END OF LIFE:
Caring and Sharing

It’s natural for children to become
intensely concerned and involved when
a parent is in the process of dying, and
even more so when the other parent
isn’t well. The real challenge is to know
how to become constructively involved
rather than intrusive
.


THE CHALLENGE

Simon Delacroix is seventy-three years old and dying of lung cancer. His wife, Emma, is the same age. Because she’s a severe diabetic and more than forty pounds overweight, as well as physically and mentally exhausted from trying to care for her husband over the past two years, Emma is no longer able to care for Simon with the level of intensity required.

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