Many stepchildren now try to care for parents who were not their original father or mother. Sometimes, like in Emma’s case, relationships can be tense and even nasty.
Emma’s father died when she was young and her mother then married Edward. His three daughters did not become close with Emma and her four siblings. Now, three decades later, the tension continues. It was exacerbated when Emma’s mother died in 2006.
“When she passed, Edward was devastated. We took care of him. All my nieces and nephews call him grandpa,” Emma said.
Problems began when Edward decided to move to an assisted living community in Massachusetts where he, Emma, and her siblings all live.