My mother was laid off from her job 2 years ago, and has not very actively decided to pursue a new job over those 2 years, and spends time instead sitting at home not doing much of anything. She had been contributing monetarily through her unemployment checks, but those have officially run out. My dad and I both work 45+ hour weeks at our job, and even though I don't really live there (only for 2 months this summer) I've been helping with groceries and rent and all that fun stuff. Basically, my mom has gone from being a very active, hard working woman her whole life, and these past 2 years have really put her in a funk and made her not a very pleasant person to be around. I'm assuming this is because she cannot contribute to the family really, and is left home alone all the time since both my dad and I have jobs. I feel really bad for her, and I want her to be happy and feel important because obviously she still is, but I don't know how to do it. Her moods have had a very negative on her relationship with my dad, and he's basically fed up with her, which makes me feel even worse.
So, in short, have you ever had a similar situation with a parent/friend/sibling/relative/etc.? If so, or even if not, is there anything you could think of that would possibly improve my mother's mood? I'm worried she has been/will be suffering from depression soon if this keeps up.
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