Mother dating after death of father

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“There’s no age range on what constitutes a young widow or widower,” Clough points out.

I try to re-imagine how she’d temper my exasperation.” Helping a child grieve while grieving the loss of your co-parent, spouse and best friend is reality for millions of Americans. “Before Ed died, he shared that he didn’t want to leave us,” recalls Thorp, who’s an IT program manager at Ally Financial.Like many little girls, 8-year-old Charlotte and 5-year-old Vivienne Ross like to wear their hair in braids – a hairdo their father, Gunnar Ross of Livonia, learned to style via You Tube videos.It was one of many parenting tasks his wife Kristen had always taken care of before she died at the age of 36 in October 2008.“I’m still not much good at it,” Ross says of his braiding skills.When Ross assumed the role of only parent after Kristen’s months-long battle with multiple myeloma took her life way too soon, so many things Kristen customarily took care of fell into his lap. She took care of the girls from a medical standpoint.” For Ross, Kristen’s absence has meant adjusting everything from morning hairdos to after-school activities to deciding what’s best for his daughters – all on his own.

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