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My Mom Disowned Me Due to Her Faith. Now Her Church Has Issued Me an Inconceivable Demand.

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Pricey Care and Feeding,

Over 30 years in the past, I used to be disfellowshipped from the faith through which my mother and father raised me they usually have barely spoken to me since. I did attend my father’s funeral 10 years in the past in Florida, the place they reside, however nobody within the congregation, together with my mom, engaged with me.
The church elders not too long ago contacted me (I reside within the northwest).

They advised inform me that my mom might not reside by herself and that it’s my duty (not theirs) to both stop my full-time job, presumably go away my husband and household behind, and transfer into her residence to take care of her, or to relocate her into my residence. Apparently, she completely refuses to maneuver into assisted residing. How do I reply to this “directive”? I don’t even know my mom anymore, have by no means had a very good relationship together with her, and he or she gained’t communicate to me or her solely now-grown grandchildren.

—Disfellowshipped and Disillusioned

Pricey Disfellowshipped,

I can think about this information might need been laborious so that you can obtain, difficult as it’s by estrangement and neighborhood rejection, and I hope you understand it’s okay to really feel nonetheless you are feeling about it. On condition that your mom successfully disowned you, I actually don’t assume it’s truthful of the church that inspired that motion to let you know that you have to present take care of her. It additionally appears type of unlikely that she would need to maneuver in with you, the daughter she hasn’t spoken to for years. It’s as much as you—in case you don’t wish to have something to do together with her, you don’t should, and I actually don’t assume you owe the church that disfellowshipped you a response. That mentioned, in case you don’t need them contacting you once more (in your mom’s behalf, or for some other cause), it is perhaps value sending them a word to that impact.

I received the impression out of your letter that you just aren’t planning to imagine duty in your mom’s care. However I wasn’t completely certain whether or not you have been asking how it’s best to reply to the church’s message, or how it’s best to reply to the whole state of affairs. When you are contemplating being concerned—which, once more, I undoubtedly don’t assume you need to do—you continue to don’t have to maneuver there or transfer her into your house. You may seek the advice of a social employee or lawyer to seek out out what choices there are in need of you residing together with her. You could possibly additionally attempt to get her to designate others as her monetary energy of lawyer and/or healthcare agent, so that they’d be those tasked with making choices in her curiosity if or when she’s not in a position to.

When you don’t wish to do something in any respect, your mom’s church actually ought to attempt to help her. They should have had different congregants in related conditions—so many individuals both do not need grownup youngsters, or will not be involved with those they’ve. If her church may also help her, or a minimum of join her with a social employee who’s educated about elder care and choices for seniors with out household concerned, they need to.

—Nicole

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