Jul 23, 2015 - 02:35 PM
If telling her that her Mother is dead upsets her don't tell her. Just use another response.
As for the depression she should be evaluated by a doctor possibly a Neuropsychologist. There are medications that will help with the depression.
As for the loneliness does she have a pet, or can she have a pet? A cat might help. Adopting one from a shelter, might help her out. I suggest a cat rather than a dog as they don't need to be walked but if your M-I-L walks well getting out to take a dog out might help just as much.
Jul 24, 2015 - 11:52 AM
I do agree consulting with her doctor about her emotional state may be a good idea. He/she may have some thoughts or ideas for medication that she may benefit from.
As for asking if her 'mom is dead' if that is in fact her focus it might be a good idea to put an album together of pictures of her mom or her when she was younger. Families sometimes find that a picture album stirs some memories, conversations, and provides an easy redirection tool.
She is very lucky to have family by her side trying to help her through this journey.