Every day when I wake up, I ask God whether this is the day the nightmare ends. And every day the answer seems to be "no." This is so new to me and I am so lost. My nephew left jail for prison recently to start serving a 16-year sentence. Since he was arrested, his wife has left him, his mother (my sister) died, and his sister and I are left behind in this very foreign land of "prison family life." My niece and I currently live together so we are also suffering together, but she seems more settled about it than I am. I am deeply troubled by the reality that someone in my family is now in prison. I never would have expected it. My nephew's crime is very serious, and troubles me so deeply because I was once the victim of the same crime (perpetrated by someone who is now dead). My nephew wants me to forgive him, but forgiveness is so difficult right now. He is so angry! Is such anger typical? Why is it directed to me? I don't know whether I will ever be fully able to help him, yet I'm really all he has. I write letters, but it doesn't seem to be enough. He's too far away for me to visit (a 10-hour drive), so I haven't seen him since May when his mother died. He calls monthly. Can anyone tell me: Is my reaction normal for someone just starting on this awful journey?
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