What would you do in this circumstance?
(Note: Names have been changed to protect the innocent)
Diana informs her daughters that she has been denied visitation rights to visit her newly born granddaughterr because her daughter-in-law, Susan, has post partum psychosis.
Sophia, the maternal grandmother, also has had a history of mental illness including anxiety and lupus, but she has assumed the role of caregiver for her daughter, Susan, and the child. Stephen (Diana's son) and Susan now live with Sophia so that she can provide close supervision and care that the baby needs. However, Sophia is also known to be a very protective mother who screens all calls and all visitors. Sophia has been telling people that Susan has been staying up at night caring for the baby and needs extra sleep during the day.
Diana likes to sew and crochet gifts because she is now retired and is on social security. However, Sophia and Susan prefer store-bought clothes (which she can return to the store for credit), gift cards, or cash as gifts. Whenever Diana sews a garment as a gift, Sophia and Susan either store it in the garage or give it to the local thrift store, but they never write a thank you note. The son tells his mom, Diana, not to make any more clothes as the child is growing so fast that she is rapidly outgrowing them. On the other hand, he also tells Diana that he needs diapers and wipes and asks his mom to purchase these. Diana tells him that she is on a very tight budget, but that she does have a lot of fabric and time on her hands. Stephen exclaims, "it all boils down to money."
Stephen has promised to send pictures of the baby, but has failed to do. Then he tells his mom that he will try to bring the granddaughter for a visit every other month if he can. However, Diana knows that he will not keep his word because Sophia will not allow the baby to be out of her sight.
Diana hopes to see her granddaughter at Divine Liturgy, but Sophia and her family rarely attend Church anymore.