This secret tore our family apart


Dear Amy: You have consistently advised individuals to share the “family secrets” of loved ones, explaining that this is a healing event and that existing family members would be welcome.

Chroniqueuse Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan / Chicago Tribune)

This is not always the case, and it is very painful to read your recommendation.

My 90 year old aunt was told of a child fathered by her deceased husband. This information destroyed his life, memories and health.

She clung to her husband’s ashes with instructions that when she died, their two ashes would be scattered together. She was so upset that she threw her ashes in the trash.

Her family has been torn apart. My cousins ​​don’t talk to each other anymore, half supporting the half-brother and the other half supporting their mother.


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