Support Groups & Blogs on Family Estrangement

Many hearts missing a piece.

Listed below are online and offline support groups for people dealing with family estrangement and a list of blogs on the subject of family estrangement. If you are viewing this on a cell phone, you probably will need to scroll down to see the information about blogs.

Support Groups

Online Support Groups

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Estranged Stories

Estranged Stories  is an online support group for those who are experiencing family estrangement. Membership in this group is over 6,000 as of September 2018. It is principally for parents are experiencing estrangements from their adult children.
Also there is a book with the same name that is connected to the group.

From the online listings of the book, "Estranged Stories”, on Amazon and on Blurb: 
"In Estranged Stories, Elizabeth Boykin Vagnoni and Mary Cay Reed have woven together a compassionate description of the succession of emotions many parents experience when they become estranged from their adult children. Using a variety of stories from EstrangedStories.com, parents talk about the common thoughts and feelings they experience when faced with estrangement. They talk about suggestions for confronting feelings, how to respond to others, finding hope, and coping with the inability to have a relationship with Grandchildren. While these stories come from a few, they represent the feelings of more than 5,000 who have joined estrangedstories and responses from over 3,000 who have completed our survey. Sometimes just understanding that you are not alone and many others share the same "stories", is helpful when trying to understand this emotionally crippling situation." 

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 On Amazon:
"Estranged Stories Understanding. Support. Peace. Hope”  by Elizabeth Vagnoni, Mary Cay Reed. Blurb 2017. ISBN-10: 0615937683, ISBN-13: 978-0615937687.

On Blurb:
There is an ebook version available on Blurb.  The ebook version is priced currently (as of September 2018) at $15.99.

You're Not Alone: Support Group for Estranged Parents

"You're Not Alone: Support Group for Estranged Parents"  
For all who have suffered the loss of a child to the pain of estrangement. Closed group on Facebook. (Anyone can ask to join or be added or invited by a member.)

You're Not Alone: Support Group

For Parents Estranged From Their Adult Children (When The Talking Stops)

For Parents Estranged From Their Adult Children (When The Talking Stops)   
This group is aimed at Parents & Grandparents who have been Estranged, Deserted or Abandoned by their Adult Children.
Very active private Facebook group of about 3,400 members. Ask to join or be invited by a member.

Parents of Estranged Adult Children: Help and Healing

Parents of Estranged Adult Children: Help and Healing.
The linked website, rejectedparents.net, was created in 2013 by Sheri McGregor. Its purpose is to provide support and information for estranged parents. There is a discussion group. Sheri McGregor has written a book on estrangement, Done With The Crying Help and Healing for Mothers of Estranged Adult Children, which was published in May of 2016 by Sewing Creek Press. (Note: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)

Stand Alone

Located in the United Kingdom, Stand Alone offers support for all who are suffering from estrangement from family.

From the website:
"We offer innovative advice and support services for all people experiencing estrangement. We help people of all ages who feel they have been cut off as well as those who have walked away.

We run support groups, a range of therapeutic workshops and a programme to connect people for ongoing emotional support. Our direct support services are currently focussed in London, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bristol and Manchester.

We have published online information and advice guides for all people experiencing estrangement or disownment who can’t reach a group or workshop. To complement our online advice, we have a podcast, where members of our community tell their story."

Parents Who Walk Away

Parents Who Walk Away:  Updated link for the online support group, PWWA, which was formerly hosted on the Daily Strength website.

From the main page of the group from when it was on Daily Strength:
"A group for parents of estranged adult children who are tired of waiting for them to grow up/get real. Comprised of strong, wise survivors, this group is made up of parent who either have walked away or are considering walking away from the disrespectful actions of their abusive adult children. Straight talk, tough stances and the free exchange of ideas/opinions can be found here. Everyone is Welcome!"

Christian Parents of Estranged Adult Children

Christian Parents of Estranged Adult Children:  Updated link for this online support group (formerly hosted on the Daily Strength site) that discusses estrangement from a Christian perspective.

From the main page of the group when it was hosted on the Daily Strength site: 
 Estrangement makes it difficult to talk about with family, friends, neighbors and church members. Christians are NOT immune to broken families. Talk about your experiences with those who know how you feel and get positive support through your Christian faith."

Welcome to Oz Communities

BPD Central  Randi Kreger, author, advocate, and owner of BPDCentral.com, established Welcome to Oz in 1996 to enable family members with a borderline or narcissistic loved one to support each other and share tips and techniques.

Out of the Fog Forum

Out of the Fog Forum.  Out of the FOG was launched on November 1 2007 to provide information and support to the family members and loved-ones of individuals who suffer from a personality disorder. FOG stands for Fear, Obligation and Guilt.

Narcissistic Personality Forum

Narcissistic Personality Disorder Forum  on PsychForums.com
Pathological Narcissism is often a factor in estrangements. Those who suffer from NPD often estrange others when they feel insufficiently appreciated or when they feel criticized.
Relatives of those who suffer from NPD often estrange themselves from their difficult NPD family members out of a desire to protect themselves from abuse and to remove themselves from a chaotic situation.

Offline Support Group

National Alliance on Mental Illness

National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI:  The nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Founded in 1979, NAMI has affiliates in every state and in more than 1,100 local communities across the country. Meetings are available in some cities.
Mental illness can be a major contributor to estrangement. Those who suffer from mental illness sometimes aren’t able to recognize the their loved one do have their best interests at heart and want to help. So they distance themselves from their family by estranging themselves.
Those who love family members who are mentally ill may decide that they can no longer help them by remaining in a relationship with them so they become estranged.
A condition called “anosognosia” can exist as one of the symptoms of a mental illness where the sufferer becomes unable to recognize that they are ill. This makes it really hard when that condition exists to have any influence in convincing the person that they need to go for therapy or need to take their medication.

Estrangement Blogs

Estrangements, The Blog

“Estrangements, The Blog” is the companion site to Estrangements.com. When the Journal that was begun in 2001 here on Estrangements.com became too long and unwieldy to continue on this site, a Typepad blog was set up in 2005.
The Category Cloud in the blog’s sidebar makes it convenient for visitors to search for blog posts according to subject that may be of particular interest to them. The most frequently visited page on the blog is: "Guidelines for Being Estranged”  which were written with both Estrangers and Estrangees in mind.

Family Estrangements: Grandparents Denied Access to Their Grandchildren

The blog of Nancy Lee Klune author of “Banished: A Grandmother Alone: Surviving Alienation and Estrangement”. She writes about her own experience of being estranged on her blog. She also coaches people dealing with alienation and estrangement.

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The End of Strife

The End of Strife:  One woman's experience of high-conflict divorce and parental alienation: a blog about a bitter divorce and its effect on the relationships between a woman and her children. The blog has not been updated since June 2006. The ability to read the blog has suffered. The contrast between the text and the background is not good. But it is a story of one person’s experience of estrangement that I felt worth keeping here until the link truly dies.

False Memory Syndrome Foundation

False Memory Syndrome Foundation Website  False memories have caused many cruel unjust estrangements as are mentioned in comments and links on the entry on the Books & Movies page under the book title: “I Thought We’d Never Speak Again”.

Family Estrangement: When Grandparents are denied access to their grandchildren.

Family Estrangement: When Grandparents are denied access  to their grandchildren. The blogger is a mother and grandmother who has been writing about the loss of the relationship with her son and grandchildren since 2012.

A Blog Post, Jan. 3, 2005

A blog: Jan. 3, 2005: My Father didn't call.  A woman who has a father who never failed to disappoint.

Mother, I Don't Forgive You

Mother, I Don't Forgive You, author Nancy Richards' blog. Nancy posts about abuse, estrangement, forgiveness, reconciliation, and related issues. Nancy is the author of Heal & Forgive: Forgiveness in the Face of Abuse and Heal and Forgive II: The Journey from Abuse and Estrangement to Reconciliation.

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Twinless Twins Website

Twinless Twins  A website which offers support resources for twins who have lost their twin through separation, estrangement or death.