Thank you for your reply, again just makes me feel tougher about the whole thing because I have been enlightened by people who have had long standing experience with these people.
My Mum likened them to the Moonies - she lost a cousin to that cult for 2 years, who also had a baby via one of the divine 'leaders'. Eventually her family kidnapped her and her son and she had to remain in safe hiding for a year before they stopped trying to find her. She talks about it now amazed that she could even get involved and her son is the apple of her eye.
I think all the loving and hugging and 'completing' that goes on would be a wonderful thing if they could channel the energy maybe into finding a cure for cancer or something like that - at least then they really would be enlightening people and helping out in the world.
Good luck with your Stepmom, I am sorry to hear that she is unwell. Have you heard of the Thymus treatment they are using on cancer patients now? It's worth a look - the organisation is called Papimi and found at this web address: [www.papimi.com
It is a terribly hard time for everyone and you have to stay strong, but worth having a look at these treatments, in our case, this is round 2 and it's at Stage IV so have to move fast, yet he's open to trying anything, especially when it doesn't invlove chemo.
As you say, you really don't need the whole LF sell at a time like this, it's highly insensitive and really exposes it for what it is!