I work with one of the most heartbroken groups of people in the world: fathers whose adult children want nothing to do with them. While every day has its challenges, Father’s Day—with its parade of families and feel-good ads—makes it especially difficult for these Dads to avoid the feelings of shame, guilt and regret always lurking just beyond the reach of that well-practiced compartmentalization. Like birthdays, and other holidays, Father’s Day creates the wish, hope, or prayer that maybe today, please today, let me hear something, anything from my kid
Estrangements, the blog, began on the website, Estrangements.com, in 2001. The purpose of that website is to collect a wide range of information about family estrangements.
The blog became too lengthy to keep adding to on the website so I began a blog here on Typepad in 2005. Posts from 2001 to 2005 are on the pages of Estrangements.com. Posts from 2005 onward are here on this Typepad blog. The archives here go back to 2005.
For more information about the blog and the website, see the linked post titled: "Introduction to Estrangements" in the sidebar (or click the "Intro" link in the menu at the top if you are viewing this on a phone). Or just click here: Intro.