A 25-year-old man had been going through an incredibly turbulent time in his life, with his mother being diagnosed with a terminal illness in the midst of a messy divorce. Unfortunately, these coinciding events would soon leave the son making a very difficult decision that would truly end his relationship with his father.
Behind the Divorce
The reason behind the man’s parents’ divorce made the awful circumstances only more terrible. “My father filed for divorce after 26 years of marriage because he fell in love with his younger business partner”, he explained. “She recently gave birth to his child.”
A Mother’s Devotion
Throughout their marriage, the mother had been a dedicated stay-at-home mom, tending to the household while the father worked long hours. She had no inkling of the impending divorce and was blindsided when her husband confessed his love for another woman.
The Heartbreaking Diagnosis
The family’s ordeal took an even darker turn when the mother received a terminal illness diagnosis. Amidst her pain, she stopped eating properly, her world shattered by both her illness and the crumbling marriage.
A Family’s Sacrifice
With the mother’s health deteriorating rapidly, her children gathered around her at all times to offer support. The man, along with his siblings, shouldered the responsibility of taking her to appointments and financing her treatments through loans. They chose not to seek financial assistance from their father, despite him being willing to cover the expenses.
A Desperate Plea
As their mother’s condition worsened, the family turned to social media for help, posting a plea for blood donations due to her rare blood type. Word spread, reaching their father who had moved to another city for the birth of his child with his new partner.
A Father’s Emotional Return
Upon hearing the news, the father rushed back to be by his dying ex-wife’s side. When he arrived at the hospital, he was in an awful state, distraught and dressed in unkempt clothes.
Refusing Him Access
Unfortunately, the situation only became more tragic. “He wanted to see my mother one last time”, the man explained. “ I told him that there was no use of that as she was unconscious. He begged and cried in front of everyone, but I still didn’t allow him to meet her.”
A Heartbreaking Farewell
Tragically, the mother passed away the next morning, with her estranged husband never having the chance to say goodbye. Despite his continued presence, the family made the difficult decision to exclude him from the funeral and memorial service.
A Clash of Perspectives
The man firmly believed that his father had forfeited his right to be present during their mother’s final moments due to the immense pain he had caused her. However, a friend of the man argued that the family was in the wrong for not allowing the father to say farewell to his ex-wife.
A Moral Dilemma
The man could have understood his friend’s perspective if the circumstances had been different, but the pain his father had put his mother through was too much. He truly did not believe he had the right to see her, but he couldn’t deny the tragedy of the situation.
Searching for Hope
With nowhere else to turn but his beloved online community, the man sought validation for his decision online. The community rushed to support him. “I’m sorry for your loss”, sympathized one reader. “Protecting your mother after he put her through all that was the right thing to do.”
Everyone agreed that the man’s father had heartless double standards. “He can’t have his divorce and be a husband, too”, someone pointed out. “She was brokenhearted and dying, while he played house with his mistress and baby? There’s zero reason to allow him to, disrupt her last hours.”
Crossing a Line
However, a handful of readers felt that the man’s actions had been heartless. “What your father did was terrible”, began one commenter. “However, there is a limit to how far you can go in retaliation against others, and you crossed it. You could have at least let him say goodbye.”
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