It is now almost 11 months since I have seen my son, his wife, and my two grandchildren. The details are not as important as the fact that I am continuing to have difficulty dealing with this. I feel helpless and powerless to change this present state of affairs. Attempts to contact have all been rejected or ignored. I feel shunned. I need some strategies to help me cope better with this situation.
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Yes...I have my husband and my younger sister and they are both great support. We just struggle to come up with positive ways to deal with this. Do I keep trying to make contact and deal with the rejection over and over? Does my trying to contact make things worse for my son and grandchildren? Do I give up completely and pretend that they are all dead so I can mourn them and not expect to see them again? I don't understand how my son is dealing with all of this. We were very close. I don't know how my grandchildren are dealing with this. What do they think happened to us? We used to see them every week.
I have never been through what you are going though. That is a very tough situation. I have struggled with loss and anger and depression and anxiety. But you have brought to mind something I would like to start practicing again. 27 days of gratitude. It's where I wake up every day and write down at least 5 things that I am grateful for. I find that what I focus on expands, so if I focusing on things I am grateful for, even when it is hard, does help me feel more positive. I hope this is helpful.
I have an adult daughter from which I am estranged. Long story, but I did nothing to warrant this and it was her decision. I often remember that she is my baby and I love her. Other days, I am angry about her decisions. But I know over time, like everything else, I will be distanced from her but the love will remain. You cannot control these things and you can only decide how you will cope. I wish you success in your endeavors!