Imagine being 85 years old and having not spoken to any of your siblings in over 30 years due to a family rift. The only thing that would make this scenario even more unsettling and bitter would be having to contemplate whether or not you should attend your siblings’ funerals. This is the problem Charlie is addressing this week, sent to Dear Abby by a man who is having second thoughts about how he should handle his lifelong feud with his siblings and whether death will bring him and his family peace, or more hell. 🙅
Experiencing the death of a loved one is always difficult. But when that death is due to suicide, it can be catastrophic and leave survivors with crushing guilt and unanswered questions that can plague them for years. This episode (from a problem submitted to Dear Prudence) addresses a question by a young woman whose boyfriend committed suicide, and whose family is apparently blaming her for his death. What should she do?