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I Am Estranged From My Family

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 151 People

    ... But I Was Brought Up In Love

    I would be a liar if I gave anybody the impression that my family hadn't brought me up in love. The best kind. The love which was showered on me by my family during the first 30 or so years of my life is something that I miss daily, but now I can finally accept that "that...
    AndrewPenney AndrewPenney 41-45 6 Responses Jan 12, 2009

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    Just An Introduction

    Hello all, I am estranged from my family (by choice) and have been for a few years now. I am not going to tell my story just yet as I just found this site. I wanted to introduce myself, however. I was looking for information on bereavement and estrangement and came across this...
    RedMaryJane82 RedMaryJane82 31-35 2 Responses Jul 29, 2013

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    Amazing Story Of Reconciliation And Forgiveness

    My mother, Clarice, was shot in the head and killed more than three decades ago. On June 25, 2011 – the 33rd anniversary of her death – I traveled from my home in Aston back to Chicago to visit her gravesite. The visit to her final resting place is one I make every time I...
    Reconnections Reconnections 36-40 Jul 18, 2011

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    ... But Not Estranged From My 3-year-old Nephew

    My Stunt Toddler of a nephew was born in June 2005, and he is the only person in my family who does not know or care that I am the "black sheep" of the clan. Since he was 9 months old, I have been spending many hours with him every week (a privilege for which I thank...
    AndrewPenney AndrewPenney 41-45 7 Responses Jan 12, 2009

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    I'm Estranged From My Own Sister

    I'm one of three sisters, our parents are dead. We had a brother who committed suicide in December 2012. I'm friendly with the youngest sister, I'm the oldest. Middle sister was always the "black sheep" of the family, dropped out of college, married young. I graduated college...
    Fluffernut Fluffernut 61-65, F Aug 18, 2013

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    Have No Family Connection

    I was abused much if not all of my childhood. Physically, you name it. My mother was a monster, my father was abusive as well, but not quite as physically most of the time. Although, I think he was sexually abusing my younger sister. Both my sisters are basket cases. I have no...
    bretthart480 bretthart480 41-45 3 Responses Feb 13, 2013

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    Today it is hard. My birthday is coming up

    and I am driving to my hometown to visit an old friend. I am hoping I don't run into my parents ugh. I have been ignoring them since they refuse to protect me from my brother who struck me and collects assault weapons. They are also exceedingly manipulative/ controlling and...
    val72 val72 26-30, F May 18

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    I Really Didn’t See It Coming!

     I am the youngest of four children. I shared a room with my two sisters throughout my childhood. They were 4 and 6 years older than me. My dad used to brag about how well we got along. We never fought. Ever. They were just enough older than me that we didn’t share the...
    whenfamilyfails whenfamilyfails 61-65 7 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    Dysfunctional

    WARNING! LOOOOOOOOOONG STORY. Ok, everyone's family is dysfunctional to an extent. We all have our weird quirks that make us a little "abnormal" in our opinions. No one is perfect, and I have yet to meet anyone who says they grew up in the perfect family. People...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 4 Responses Oct 29, 2009

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    My Story, In Brief. Sound Familiar.

    I'm the youngest of 8 children. All my siblings either emotionally terrorised me, or ignored me. I still crave their approval. I am estranged from most of them and would like to cut off completely. I have no interest in them as a sister should. I have a life away from them and...
    Margie1968 Margie1968 41-45 1 Response Jul 31, 2009

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    Estranged From My Entire Family

    This past year I have been into numerous arguements with my family members. First thing is my three year old threw something at my 24 year old brothers face. He is a kid mind you... My brother got upset with this and spanked my kid. So my husbad confronted him about it and the...
    ikeandlasmom ikeandlasmom 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 13, 2010

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    I would like to live a life estranged from my

    family. My father was abusive both physically and emotionally. The pain he has caused me throughout my 22 years is at times unbearable to think about. His rejection and neglect, paired with the unswerving adoration and support of my younger sister, still upsets and saddens me...
    Liz3125 Liz3125 22-25, F Jul 13

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    Happy Birthday Grandma

    So, i call up GrandMa today.  Tried calling her yesterday, but something was wrong with her phone line - she needed a new phone. Why is GrandMa mad with me...?...  Now, i am the favourite grand-baby and all.  That's a known fact. lol.  She calls me her...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Dec 18, 2009

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    My family is small. It was always just my

    mom's parents, my mom, my aunt and uncle, my siblings, and myself. My grandparents raised my brother and I (my sister didn't enter the picture until a decade later). My mom was always in the house with us but she was never really there... too busy off partying with random dudes...
    niceusername niceusername 22-25, F 2 Responses Apr 22

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    Blood Ties Are Thin...

    I am the only surviving child of my mother. My two sisters died at birth in 1981 and 1987 respectively. Their father adopted me when I was three, so I call him "Dad".Mum and Dad moved to a semi-rural town two states away in 2001 and I can't afford to see them often.My birth...
    TheWomanWhoDid TheWomanWhoDid 36-40 Jan 1, 2013

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    Estranged From Family and Friends

    I find myself more estranged as I grow older and as I approach 38 years things seem to be gathering steam. I have a Sister I now do not speak to and a father that I just can't get on with. I think the world of my Mum and despair at the life she has had with my father. He has...
    linwood81 linwood81 36-40, M 2 Responses Sep 18, 2009

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    20 years old, have had a rough relationship

    with my parents since I was around 12. They are very verbally/emotionally abusive with a splash of physical abuse thrown in from time to time. Since I was young they have used their parental privileges and twisted religious beliefs to manipulate me and make me feel bad about...
    HEY300 HEY300 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 1

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    I have begun estranging myself from my parents.

    They are very manipulative and controlling/religious. I have let them control me for 27 years and now I am through. I have severed all contact with them and will continue to do so. Perhaps in a couple years I will see if they have learned, but I will not have a relationship with...
    val72 val72 26-30, F 4 Responses Apr 20

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    I Am Estranged From My Family Because I Wanted To Move Out...

    I don't know I might be a bad person, I came back from UK three years ago and I lived with my parents. I did not like it for most parts because my dad always insisted that I should have been working to help my brothers, For some days he would be the nicest person giving words of...
    AnnTon AnnTon 26-30, F Dec 10, 2011

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    Christmas And My Dysfunctional Family

    After each holiday (and funerals as well) being ruined with endless conflict between my family members, I have chosen to walk away from my completely dysfunctional family of origin. Why is it that no matter how old I get. I feel somehow responsible for my dysfunctional family...
    amithecrazyone amithecrazyone 46-50, F 5 Responses Dec 25, 2012

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    I am estranged from my entire family.

    I grew up in an abusive home and watched my older siblings move away and sever ties when they went to college. When I graduated I always returned home for holidays. I always tried to be there for my mom and my younger brother with autism after my father left. For years she...
    Aly00cat Aly00cat 26-30, F Jun 23

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    Trying To Forgive My Grandfather

    The events of recent days have convinced me that I *must* try to forgive my grandfather for the way he has managed my grandmother's estate since she died in 1999. This is really difficult. I have not spoken to him for many years, and still find it impossible to sit at table with...
    AndrewPenney AndrewPenney 41-45 14 Responses Dec 11, 2009

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    I Am the Black Sheep of My Family

    I have been estranged from my grandfather for perhaps six years. I see him every day -- unavoidable -- but I do not speak to him. I miss family gatherings because I can't bear to sit at a table with him. FWIW, the breakdown has something to do with the fact that he did...
    AndrewPenney AndrewPenney 41-45 44 Responses Jan 6, 2009

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    The Apostate Daughter

    My story isn't nearly as awful as some of the others I've read here. I wasn't abused and my family hasn't done anything horrible to me. But sometimes trauma can come from an excessive amount of love, too. My family is very religious. My father is a pentecostal minister. I...
    0rph1a 0rph1a 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 26, 2013

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    Shocked?, Was I...

    Pretty much so.  I received call after call this morning from perspective employers.  After i catch my breath and begin to put on the rest of my suit for one my interview, the phone rings and i answer without looking at the caller ID.  lol.  My sister...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 25, 2009

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    Letting Go, At A Deeper Level, In Order To Move On.

    After writing my "story" yesterday afternoon, I had a breakthrough during the night (processing at a deeper level). A paradigm shift. What I realised was that I had "let go" of my sisters and other family of origin members (who were not treating me appropriately - all my life...
    lorraine48 lorraine48 61-65 2 Responses Jun 22, 2011

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    The Thought Of It Sickens Me

    Literally.  Bird advised me that she wanted to go to an area in which my sister works directly across the street.  She just kept pushing the issue.  She pushed so hard - that i threw up.  I wasn't sick or anything.  Just the thought of laying eyes upon...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 17, 2009

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    I Fear I'm Becoming Estranged From My Father

    About 4 or 5 years ago, my parents split. At first, it didn't bother me i was 16 or so. Sooner or later it got to me :( I'm now 21, heading to University in a few months time. I have been living on my own, up until then I lived with my mother. I saw my father about once every 2...
    slackit slackit 18-21 2 Responses Jul 28, 2011

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    Stange Family, Welcome To The Club.

    My name is Bill. My father is a loooooooser. My mom was a great women, and gave me alot confidence about myself. Yet my father was and still is a looooooser. My brother followed in his footsteps. Nancy, she was my first sexual girl friend when I was just 15, and she was 23...
    greekitalian greekitalian 26-30 Oct 7, 2012

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    Hello! New Here And So Glad I Found You All!

    Hello other estranged from your family peeps! I just wanted to say hello, &  introduce myself real quick. I too have been estranged from my overly dysfunctional family. It's a LONG story (aren't they all?), so I'm going to piece it together in my head before I post it here. I...
    BlackSheepMama BlackSheepMama 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 2, 2011

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    How I Got Here

    How I came to this place is long and complicated. I was born into a reform Jewish family that, while seemingly happy, harbors a great deal of dysfunction, anger, and resentment. My childhood was outwardly happy but as I became older my lack of social skills--borne from a mother...
    Sdaedalus Sdaedalus 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 6, 2013

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    What Now?

    So, now that I have told my story, the questions I ask are: How do I find others that share my experience? How can one build a network of people to take the place of family? And, most importantly for now, how do we, refugees of dysfunctional families, tell others who might ask...
    Sdaedalus Sdaedalus 41-45, M 2 Responses Apr 6, 2013

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    I'm writing as Stand Alone,

    the only worldwide charity to support adults that are estranged, has started to carry out some preliminary research into family estrangement. We'd like to invite you people at Experience Project, in this group, to take part. There's currently a real absence of studies in this...
    beccabland beccabland 26-30 Feb 8

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    What I Come From

    I was raised in humboldt county. NOT the hippie liberal side, but the redneck conservative, homeschool side. I had my first boyfriend at 19 and in that community everyone married the first person they dated. I wasn't allowed to date. I had to be courted. I saw him only at school...
    Dollbaby02 Dollbaby02 26-30 2 Responses Jul 30, 2013

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    Waking Up To A Dysfuncional Family

    Its all about the controlling abusive relationship with an older sister and mother that you dont realise until your grown up and they carry on treating you without respect. My story is my sister used to hit me all the time and take all my nice new clothes and stuff if she liked...
    sara011178 sara011178 31-35 1 Response Sep 24, 2012

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    If You Are Estranged From Your Family Then Please Visit Stand Alone

    Hey Folks, Stand Alone is the only international charity to support adults that are estranged from their family. We're going now, and running meet-up groups in London on the run up to Christmas. We'd really like to hear from as many estranged people as possible so we can plan...
    beccabland beccabland 26-30 Sep 26, 2013

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    Where I Come From.

    I was raised in humboldt county. NOT the hippie liberal side, but the redneck conservative, homeschool side. I had my first boyfriend at 19 and in that community everyone married the first person they dated. I wasn't allowed to date. I had to be courted. I saw him only at school...
    Dollbaby03 Dollbaby03 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 1, 2013

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    Related Experiences

    I have been estranged from my older domineering sister for several years. around other family members she pretends that this is just some quaint thing that i'm doing and that i...
    zeldafitzgerald zeldafitzgerald 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 6

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    Your Ex Daughter,You Can't Hurt Me Anymore(Open Letter to My So Called Mother)- It's me. The child that has been "missing" according to your lies for 13 years. That child is all...
    ZolotayaWurola ZolotayaWurola 22-25, F 3 Responses a week ago

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    I am 18 and i started to live far away from family since 16 October to study abroad in Russia. Recently, I start feeling homesick and anxious and i feel a big fear in my heart I...
    Faraway10 Faraway10 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 10

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    My son was my best friend. We did everything together. He had a lot of friends, everyone liked him. He was a tad bit on the partier side, but alot of fun. He met a girl about 4...
    csynowie csynowie 51-55, F Nov 7

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    My son and his wife have a long history of drama starting with their high school relationship. When my son was a sophomore and his wife a freshman, she told him she had some sort...
    lostmom1022 lostmom1022 51-55, F a week ago

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    I would like to know how other parents handle it when their 2nd child is having a relationship with their estranged child. It infuriates me that my daughter supports her brother...
    mary5210 mary5210 56-60, F 2 Responses Nov 3

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    My brother and his wife, very kindly, suggested I send a no strings, no expectations "Season's Greetings" to my parents. I just re-read, start to finish, the entirety of the emails...
    frostyflower frostyflower 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    3.5 years down and this morning I woke in tears. My dreams are getting worse, more vivid and the ones that screw my head up the most are where my mother is being lovely. How do...
    violetcherry violetcherry 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 2

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    We're getting close to 2 years. Last night I talked to my brother on the phone, and for the first time, breached the topic of the estrangement. Apparently my father had been...
    frostyflower frostyflower 26-30, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    This is my first post. I don't know what to say. First off, sure, I like my family sometimes but... I just don't feel anything stronger than liking them. Yeah, maybe i'm a horrible...
    ID0ntKn0wAnym0re ID0ntKn0wAnym0re 13-15, F 9 hrs ago

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    I have a 28 year old daughter who I haven't seen for over 2 years - she has cut off all contact with our family. I can't really talk about it right now. It is too hard to go...
    tryingagainII tryingagainII 56-60, M 1 Response Nov 7

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    My mother is a nightmare, in one way I want to blame her for everything I went through growing up. but I can still try to understand. when I was born my mom said she planned me...
    babyjane96 babyjane96 18-21, F 10 hrs ago

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    I did not come from the best family. my parents were yellers, when they were home. we were left home alone quite often. Now that I have my own wonderful children, who are my one...
    babeluvs6n2 babeluvs6n2 46-50, F 2 Responses 3 hrs ago