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Communication Breakdown

In 2013 when, due to circumstances beyond our control and a breakdown in communications, we started to notice the first signs of estrangement and over the following years we tried countless times at reconciliation to no avail.

My immense sadness was that my loving, close, relationship that I shared with my eldest son was now starting to crack. It seemed like it was an
us against them situation and I was devastated. I didnt know what to do. I felt like my life was fracturing before my eyes and I was powerless to do anything to stop it.

By 2015, our world had completely fallen apart. The one thing that I thought I was good at, being a mum, had been taken away from me and I had nothing more to give. I was beginning to withdraw from everyday life and I really didn
t want to be around anymore. I was having repeated thoughts of taking my own life. I felt that I had failed as a mother and that if I wasnt around anymore, all the pain would go away. Fortunately, I sought professional help and from hereon in, I began my long, slow recovery.


Estrangement

Until estrangement happened to us, I had never heard of adult children being estranged from their parents and I was convinced that we couldn
t be the only parents who were estranged from their adult sons or daughters? Friends and family were well meaning, but they didnt have any indication as to how we were hurting. Estrangement doesnt just affect the parents, it affects the wider family too, including siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles. They are hurting too as they have also lost the secure foundations of their once close family unit.

Being estranged from your adult son or daughter is akin to a bereavement, only this is a living bereavement, there
s no closure because our loved ones are still around, theyre just not in our lives and that is a pain that I cannot begin to describe to you.


Face to Face Support

I searched the internet for a support group or somewhere where we could meet likeminded parents. There didn
t seem to be anything in the UK. However, I came across a wonderful book called "Done With The Crying" by Sheri MacGregor. It fired me up. At last here was someone who understood. Her story and those of others in her book mirrored ours. I was so inspired by her that it made me even more determined to do something positive and so, in July 2018, we moved to a new area to start a new life and start living again.

I didn
t want to end up wallowing in this sea of hopelessness and I still had a yearning to try and help other parents who may be going through the same thing as us. I wanted to set up a face to face support group and PEAC(e) was founded in October 2018.
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Parents of Estranged Adult Children
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