Betsy married a gentleman, who was a widow with a young child. She loved her new family, but saw they may need time/space to heal from their loss. Betsy realized that “love and loss live side by side”. She also lost 3 loved ones, due to suicide. This taught Betsy that new things can grow even after a loss, such as a more affectionate family. Her “platinum rule” is to do unto others what they want done. Betsy also reminds us to: seek a trusted confidant/advisor, don’t try to figure it all out on your own, learn from others, get wiser and read books.
Betsy Graziani Fasbinder became a second mother to her first son when she married his widowed dad. Filling Her Shoes: A Memoir of an Inherited Family is a series of snapshots of the moments of becoming a second mother to a little boy whose first had been taken. This is a sweet-bitter, happy-ending story of family, revealing that love and loss, grief and gratitude are not opposites, but co-habitants in any family and that patterns of past family abuse can be broken. Betsy is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Fire & Water, and has been a licensed psychotherapist in California since 1992.
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