DEAR DEIDRE: WITHIN hours of my grandfather passing away, my uncle insisted my mum met him at Grandad’s bungalow to discuss the sale of it.
My grandad had two daughters but my auntie died years ago.
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My grandad’s will has never been changed so my auntie’s husband, who is 57, will get half his estate and my mum gets the other half.
He is now insisting that Mum goes through every scrap of paper with him, so he can check if any mail for Grandad mentions money.
It’s all he’s interested in.
My mum is 64 and she’s crying herself to sleep every night. I’m 32 and Grandad’s only grandson. I’m worried about Mum.
DEIDRE SAYS: Money can often cause friction in families, especially after the death of a loved one.
Your uncle seems heartless but doing something practical gives him a focus, because this death is likely to be bringing back memories of losing his own wife.
Your mum and uncle can find local support through thegoodgrieftrust.org and my support pack Standing Up For Yourself will help you and your mum talk to your uncle about how best to handle things.
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