Same old story. Step mom bars children and father is over-medicated despite the fact he believed in all natural cures and healing.
His health became a public issue beginning in December 2011 when three of his five adult children accused their father’s wife of 27 years at the time, Karen Chism, not their mother, of orchestrating efforts to accelerate his health problems and blocking their efforts to see him. He was diagnosed with dementia, taking prescription drugs and admitted to a mental hospital
The children — Steve Chism, Susan Lucier and Laurie Meagher — protested publicly by picketing in front of the Mount Clemens facility and protesting on Facebook, creating the page, “Saving the life of Army vet James F. Chism,” which has 1,526 members. They all resided out of state….
A judge shortly thereafter stripped her of the guardianship and transferred it to an attorney, who was removed nine months later when the judge determined Chism could function on his own.
Steve Chism said this week that he remains “disgusted” with the state probate system that prevented them from having more involvement with their father.
He said since September 2012 when James Chism’s guardianship was removed, he and his siblings’ contact with their father continued to dissipate due to Karen Chism blocking their efforts. He said they barely had contact with him the past couple of years despite attempts to do so.
Steve Chism said he would like to see a law passed that mandates that adult children can visit their biological parent even if the parent’s spouse opposes it. A battle between the wife of the late Casey Kasem and his biological child brought national attention to the issue.
But Michele Fuller, a Sterling Heights elder-law attorney, said existing “laws and processes” with the probate court system in Michigan provide avenues for adult children to pursue visitation. She said children can petition a judge for a guardian to allow visitation or can seek to have a guardian replaced by a child or another attorney. If the parent does not have a guardian, the children can petition to be one or have one named.
from another article:
Karen Chism last June filed for personal protection orders against the three children, but Judge John Foster in July denied them following a hearing in Macomb County Circuit Court in Mount Clemens.
Karen Chism claimed the children made false accusations, disparaging remarks and threatened to take James Chism and the couple’s assets, in written and video Internet postings.
She said Steve Chism accused her of trying to murder her husband, and that she was interviewed by a Clinton Township police detective.
She said the children are trying to call their father and making the comments to him about her has created stress and damaged her and his health.
The children say she has turned their father against them.
You will notice the out of control spouse, the isolation from one’s children, and the attempt by the step mother to gag the children from presenting their side of the story on FB.
It’s sad that there’s no one to make sure that children always get to see their parent without $50,000+ in legal fees and nearly a year to make a decision. It’s also a shame that a senior dedicated to “naural healing and simple cures” all his life falls claims to “over-medicating.”