"When he showed up to the hospital, he was in a bad shape. His clothes were unkempt. He wanted to see my mother one last time. I told him that there was no use of that," the son said.
When a husband and wife decided to separate, it might seem like one walked away with a bigger piece of the broken marriage. But the reality of divorce is that it leaves some hurt and the others hurt a little bit more.
For this 25-year-old son, it was in the midst of his parents' divorce process that he found that his mother was diagnosed with a terminal illness. But once the diagnosis came to light, his father decided to put a hold on the divorce proceedings.
"My father filed for divorce after 26 years of marriage after he fell in love with his younger business partner. She recently gave birth to his child," the 25-year-old wrote in a post on Reddit. "My mother was a stay at home mom for 25 years who took care of the entire household while my father worked long hours."
He talked about how his mother hurt when his father spoke about wanting to separate, which was when the other woman he loved was already pregnant with his baby. He said, "She was blindsided when my father told her about wanting a divorce. He told her that he would always love her as his best friend and as the mother of his 5 children, but he was also in love with this other woman. My mother was devastated and stopped eating properly. In the middle of the divorce, she was diagnosed with terminal illness and was only given a few months to live."
During those months, it was her children who looked after her. "I took her to her appointments and we paid for the treatment by taking loans. We didn't ask our father for money, even though he was willing to cover the expenses. Legally, at the time of her death she was still married to my father," the man went on to say. "During her last days, my father had to move to another city to be there for his daughter's birth. My uncle made a facebook post asking for blood donation (she has a rare blood type) and stated that she was critical. When my dad got to know about it, he immediately flew down to our city."
But the son was not ready to let his father meet her, no matter how much he begged and pleaded. He wrote, "When he showed up to the hospital, he was in a bad shape. His clothes were unkempt. He wanted to see my mother one last time. I told him that there was no use of that as she was unconscious."
Even though the father seemed desperate to see his former wife, the son wasn't ready to let go of the hurt he believed his mother felt.
"He begged and cried in front of everyone, I still didn't allow him to meet her. (The hospital authorities let her family decide who was allowed to visit her)," the son wrote. "My mother passed away the next morning. He still didn't leave and wanted to be there for the funeral and memorial service. We banned him from attending."
He concluded by saying, "I believe that he lost the right to see her in her pain when he was the one who caused her immeasurable pain. My buddy tells me that me and (my mother's family) are the assholes for not letting him see her one last time."
After reading the 25-year-old son's account, a number of people took the father's side while others took the son's.
One user said, "The mother was unconscious and the father was begging to be able to see her one last time. Not allowing him to see her was vindictive. They did it to punish him." Another added, "Unpopular opinion, but I wouldn't ban your father from your mother's funeral. He was a huge part of her life, as they were married for 26 years. That's a long time."
Among those who took the son's side was cornedbeefcake who wrote, "Dad was trying to see mom to make himself feel better, not to make her feel better. And it obviously wasn't about her because she was unconscious, and he wasn't involved in her care or well-being if he was finding out the status of her health through Facebook.
Dad was just focused on his own feelings still. Not his wife's, not his kid's, just his own."
Believing that they would react in the same way, stephanorga wrote that they would have protected "my mother 100% especially if he were to put her through that! Sorry but why should he get the luxury of relief when she died knowing her marriage was not only broken but the only man she loved had a baby! Uhhhu no way!"