Our expert says:
There's no easy answeer to that one, PH ! ALl one can do is to calmly persuade when the right sort of opportunity arises, to suggest that they would benefit from seeing a good counsellor. This sounds like a complicated grief reaction, which would need a skilled counsellor, and the Cancer association or local hospice might be able to recommend someone with the right sort of skill and experience.
I wonder how she would react, if part of her anger is a form of envy at you having a child and a happy life, if instead of pushing her to get help, you spoke with her about any problems you might have, asking her advice, and talking about how you're considering seeing a counsellor yourself--- thus discussing the pro's and cons, and the resistance, in the form of discussing how you are recognizing the resistances but overcoming them
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