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Ask Amy: Relationship is in receivership

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Once you tally whatever cancellation costs you do encounter, you can contact your friends to say, “I’m so sorry you won’t be able to join us. Unfortunately, I incurred the following cost, which I’ve just learned is nonrefundable. I’m hoping you will be willing to reimburse me.”

Dear Amy: “Torn” was suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and didn’t want to tell her sister about it. You agreed with her!

You should have told her how selfish she was being.

– Upset

Dear Upset: “Torn” expressed the stress this disclosure would subject her to, and I was supportive. I can’t imagine accusing her of selfishness.



(You can email Amy Dickinson at or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. You can also follow her on Twitter @askingamy or Facebook.)

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