Parents of Estranged Adult Kids
The Pain of Parental Estrangement
A Common Story
Estrangement from a family member is always difficult for everyone involved, but it is especially painful for parents when the relationship with one or more children has been severed. The trauma is as deep and debilitating as injuries from a car accident, but shame and embarrassment make it difficult to seek help. Yet, estrangement is common. It is estimated that nearly one out of every eight parents is estranged from an adult child. One in every five older adults is considered an “elder orphan” with no one to turn to in a time of need. If you are one of them, please don’t try to go it alone any longer.
What’s Ripping American Families Apart? by David Brooks
Family estrangement: Why adults are cutting off their parents by Maddy Savage
A Shift in American Family Values Is Fueling Estrangement by Joshua Coleman
Family Feuds: When bonds are broken by CBS News
What is family estrangement by Kristina Scharp
Broken Heart Syndrome
On Healing and Letting Go
Absalom’s Wounds provides a resource for leaders who want to offer hope and healing for those struggling with this painful issue. Whether you are a pastor, a senior adult leader, a friend of an estranged parent, or living in a cut-off relationship yourself, you will find a Biblical perspective in the pages of this book that is relevant, insightful, and affirming.
Join other parents on the path to recovery.
We have been listening to the needs of estranged parents. Some are stepping forward to lead peer groups of recovering estranged parents. Some are saying they want a professionally led group. We have both. If you are interested in a group, please don’t wait to register. We have long waiting lists. Click on this button.
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How May We Help You?
We want to be there for you in ways that fit your need right now.
Join a PEAK group
In a PEAK group, you will discover that many others are dealing with the same issues that break your heart...and want to be there for you as well.
Read a book on your own
Many people are finding the book PEAK: Parents of Estranged Adult Kids a game-changing resource that you can begin reading on your own.
A Father's Dream
“And so I live,
knowing you are there,
somewhere in the world,
a natural wonder,
but no path to find you again.
Even then, the broken is sharp,
and the gentlest touch still cuts.
I dream of a day
when the edges of the glass
are worn down by the waves of time
and the sand of suffering,
that I might find you once more,
and we might sit beside one another,
just two shades of green
watching the setting sun.”