I am looking for a clause that has a meaning of "lessen load."

Here is the sentence that I was writing:

As a good son, lessening father's load is a natural duty.

Thank you!

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    You could express this more simply: A good son will help his father.
    – J.R.
    Nov 29, 2015 at 10:11

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There may not be a single word that does exactly what you want, but consider alternative ways of phrasing:

As a good son, lightening the father's burdens is a natural duty.

As a good son, it is a natural duty to try to lighten the father's burdens.

I chose "burden" instead of "load" because "burden" conveys both the weight and the responsibility. I chose the plural "burdens" because there could be more than one. I chose "lighten" because it matches the concept of burdens being heavy. You may want to consider adding "try to" as I did in my second example because presumably you don't want to consider it a duty when it is impossible.

Finally, I added "the" before "father" because it is referring to a definite entity. Depending on your context, "my father" or "one's father" may be more appropriate.

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    @JasonYu - I don't have any problems with this answer per se, but I think you may have accepted it a little bit too quickly. Here's why I say that.
    – J.R.
    Nov 29, 2015 at 10:09

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