Pay or not to pay?

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Registered: 04-13-2010
Pay or not to pay?
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Tue, 05-31-2011 - 9:31pm
This is a long story, but will try to make it short! I have not had a relationship with my mother for many years due to sexual abuse caused by my father and her failure to acknowledge. Fast forward she is in her 70's but in good health, physically. Her sister keeps calling our home asking me to pay for my mother's end of life expenses. Last year I told her we didn't have that kind of money and now the phone calls have started once again. I have tried to ignore her, but she will get one of my children on the phone and start talking to them.

We still cannot afford that kind of expense. I am in the process of looking for a full time job as it is and the taxes on our home are coming due at the end of the month. We are stresses financially.

I haven't spoken to my mother in years. The last time we went and picked her up 1200 miles away and brought her to our home for a visit. My mother has always had a mean streak, but she argued with my dh the entire time and before we drove her back, in front of my children she called me a b$&@&h and a s&&t because I remarried. It was horrifying but not surprising.

Has anyone ever been in this situation? I don't know how to make this lady understand we cannot give her any money!
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Registered: 04-13-2010
Sat, 06-18-2011 - 8:58pm
Hi Cat, we are doing pretty well! My ds17 that moved back with us a few months ago, has decided once again to move BACK to dads house! He has been trying to fight dh..literally. He is really angry about dh cheating etc, and is so angry he is leaving. My hours have been cut at work, so looking for a different job, but other than life is really good!!
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Registered: 02-14-2004
Sun, 06-19-2011 - 5:24pm

You're so funny, cat.

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Sun, 06-19-2011 - 11:12pm
I want to be cremated and thrown in the stock tank out back with my fish, Monster!

I don't see a problem with people spending any amount of money they want for their funeral... as long as they can afford it on their own, that is.

Sorry if I was being bitchy. Just buried a family member a few days ago.

 

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Registered: 02-14-2004
Mon, 06-20-2011 - 1:19am

Sorry for your loss, cat!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Mon, 06-20-2011 - 6:49pm

Just wondering, who is listed as your mother's next of kin or who has Power of Attorney? Shouldn't that person be the one handling this issue? And is your aunt correct that your mom cannot be cremated for religious reasons?

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Registered: 05-28-2011
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 6:20pm

The only thing you owe her is make certain she has a roof over her head and food in her tummy.

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Registered: 04-13-2010
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 7:38pm
Hi elc11,,this would be my aunt..she is the one who put my mother into a nursing home and contacted me a few years later to let me know she was actually in a facility, never at the time of placement. It is my aunt who is listed at this time, and I have never been contacted by mail or phone by the facility that my mother is at. My aunt actually first tried to get us to commit to a payment plan which we couldn't afford and now is hoping we will just pay up when the time comes.
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Registered: 04-13-2010
Wed, 06-22-2011 - 7:40pm
Hi srp...yes she is cared for and does have a roof over her head and food, medical care etc. I even looked up the facility online to see if it was a nicer one, since sometimes nursing homes can have low quality of care.
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Registered: 02-14-2004
Thu, 06-23-2011 - 6:53pm

As the mother of grown children, I am curious as to why you think a grown child owes their parents a roof over their head and food in their stomachs?

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Thu, 06-23-2011 - 8:38pm
Hi Sadie, this is truly how I feel! My mother did nothing, but after my father died, broached the subject with me at the age of 15, when it was fruitless to do anything about it. But you know I hear that all the time and it seems to be the norm in many families to care for aging parents, either in their own, the childs home, or whatever the case may be, but take care of mom and dad! My mother in law did until she was physically unable to etc. However, I feel more the way you do, and especially since the way I grew up with my alcoholic father etc.

I also don't want my children to feel obligated to care for me either or to be a burden, because as much as they love me, I will be to a certain point if they are forced to care for me when I am old. My mother in law was worn out physically and emotionally from caring for her parents.