I am a priest serving three small parishes in south-central Nebraska. I was given another parish in our diocesan series of transfers on Monday, June 17.
I have a widow in her mid-50’s in my current parish. Her husband died suddenly in February 2012 of an aneurysm in his brain. They have two adopted children, a 17-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.
Your book, Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters, seems to be a good fit to give to this woman. She is a reader, and I know she would read it if I gave it to her. I don’t want it to cause her to feel hopeless at having lost her husband in the midst of the adolescent parenting portion of her life. Her daughter is strong-willed and sometimes gives her mother fits. But at the end of the day, she is very sweet. I thought the book, although directed toward dads, might help this widow to see strategies of things to watch for as her daughter grows up.
The son presents a whole unique set of concerns, including the presence of some autistic traits, although never diagnosed as such.
Can you be of help to me? Specifically, do you think your book would be helpful to her?
Father Loras Grell
Diocese of Lincoln