My cousin won't talk to me because I wasn't around when his mum died

DEAR DEIDRE: AS an only child, I’ve always thought of my cousin like a brother, but now he has stopped speaking to me and I’m gutted.

I’m 32 and he’s 33. We’ve been close since we were little and we did so much together.

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He was the best man at my wedding last year and I expected to be his when he gets married one day.

But he’s fallen out with me over a misunderstanding.

When his mum became sick recently, I was away on a work trip and nobody told me.

By the time I got home, she had passed away.

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He’s angry and feels I wasn’t there for him. Now he’s shut me out.

I miss him so much.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Your cousin is grieving and taking his pain out on you. It will take him time to process his loss.

Try to be patient. Let him know you’re there for him and sorry about what happened.


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Perhaps send him a letter explaining how much you care.

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