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How to respond to other people's prying

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First Widow:
My children were 16 & 19 when my husband died and it was really important to me to address it head on to break through any stigma they might feel so we were very open about that fact that he struggled from bipolar depression for 25 years and succumbed to the disease.  My reply to any prying is always a variation on that. 

I think how you answer any prying is a very personal decision and I recognize my way is not for everyone.  I've often thought about how I would answer if it was a young child posing the question, which has never come up.  I suppose I would simply say he was sick for a long time and quickly change the subject.


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