I had called up my In-laws today.I was kind of taken aback/surprised but not in a good way/bewildered (can't find the right word,it seems) by a news . A relative on H's side lost his wife last year.Her death was untimely and shocking to all of the family.She must have been 40ish.She left behind 2 kids,both in teenage years.Her daughter and Husband was inconsolable for days. Much to my disbelief ,there were talks of his remarriage between the elders of the family even before a month had passed.I was shocked that how people think so practically that it seems almost cruel.For God's sake,the woman had been dead only for a month.H's opinion was that the relative loved his wife too much to get married again.Well ,today I was told that they have almost fixed his match. Its been just 6 months.He is onboard (had to be convinced) & kids too like the new mom .And the reason for remarriage cited was that his mother is too old and keeps poor health .She needs help.The other DIL can't manage the entire household on her own. I was honestly sad to realize that they need a caretaker more than a companion for the man.They just need a helping hand.Couldn't they just go and hire some more maids ?Where did the love of the husband go that he forgot 16 -17 years spend together? He could have waited at least a year.And he is not even marrying for love or say companionship,just for everyone's convenience. Are we all replaceable as wives/mothers ? Does a relationship mean nothing in this practical world.? Moreover,they were looking for someone without kids .Isn't that selfish to want someone to come and take care of your motherless kids but can't welcome her own kid? All this just got me thinking about the futility of relationships. Any thoughts from other ILs would be appreciated.