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should I attend estranged sister's babyshower?

Today I got a message from my brother inviting me to our older sister's baby shower on Sunday and saying that she would really like me to come. I'm torn about attending because ...well, my sister didn't actually invite me. It's at her place so obviously it's not a surprise shower. Instead she relied on our brother to do it. [more inside]
posted by mariisoul on Apr 19, 2014 - 27 answers

Estranged parents threatening to call police

I'd just like opinions on how to handle the potential situation of a police officer and relative showing up at my apartment at the request of other family members. More relevant details inside: [more inside]
posted by velebita on Feb 4, 2014 - 18 answers

Make a trip to see elderly relatives, even if she caused odd mini-drama?

Should we make plans to drive several hours and stay in a hotel, after flying across the country with our young kids (who'll be ages 6.5 and 4.5) next Spring, so that they can meet my husband's elderly relatives, with whom he has always had very good relationships... that is, until his octogenarian Grandmother said something to him over the phone that caused my husband to suddenly have a strong negative/ambivalent reaction to the whole idea? [more inside]
posted by hush on Dec 16, 2013 - 46 answers

Stranger in a Strange Land

I'm considering confronting my father with the threat of estrangement. What should I know before initiating this kind of "break" with family? (Snowflakes abound, but general guidance helps too!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 18, 2013 - 20 answers

Support Groups for adult children with estranged families?

Is there such a thing? I tried searching some, but I dunno, maybe I'm not searching right because I didn't find anything. [more inside]
posted by manderin on Nov 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Mom, I'm breaking up with you.

I grew up in an abusive household, and severed ties with my abusive father after moving out. Over the years, I cut off more of the family because they didn't understand why I couldn't forgive and make up with my father. (They also had their own drama). But I've staying in touch with my mother, though at arm's length. I'm now seeing she wasn't the "good guy" in all this, or maybe a lifetime of being in a terrible relationship made her unbearable. I've made the decision I don't want her in my life, but I'm not sure what the best way to make it happen. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 26, 2013 - 20 answers

Mediator for estranged parents and adult children in London?

Can anybody recommend a counsellor/ mediator in London, specialising in reconciling estranged parents and adult children? [more inside]
posted by BobsterLobster on Aug 5, 2013 - 7 answers

What to say to a dying relative with a fractured relationship?

My uncle is dying - the doctor says days or weeks. I haven't said anything to him, or his wife, or his kids, since they got the cancer diagnosis a few months ago. Our families have had a historically fractured relationship, so it all feels very awkward to me. Please help me figure out what to appropriately say to them. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Feb 25, 2013 - 10 answers

How to navigate end-of-life communications between estranged family members?

Elderly mom is ill. If it looks like she's not going to make it should I tell her estranged daughter (my semi-estranged sister) despite the risk of an ugly scene ensuing? [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule on Dec 7, 2012 - 32 answers

How to handle estranged father's funeral?

My estranged father passed away last Sunday. I've decided to attend the funeral. Please help me conduct myself with something resembling grace. Overly complex snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jul 31, 2012 - 23 answers

Attending a funeral of an estranged parent

My estranged father passed away. Should I attend his funeral? Lengthy, snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by kitkatcathy on Oct 14, 2011 - 35 answers

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent?

Is there anything in the Bible that can help one justify the estrangement of an abusive parent? I know that not speaking to my mother is the right thing to do, but what does the good book say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 2, 2011 - 22 answers

Advice and support for someone with no family

I am an unmarried only child. My mom died in December. My dad is 82 and has Parkinson's. Once he goes, I'll have no blood family. I need advice and guidance on how to make the best of things and build the best unfamilied life possible. [more inside]
posted by Rosie M. Banks on Jan 19, 2011 - 21 answers

I need some advice about visiting my father in the hospital

My dad has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. We are not close. I'd like some level of closure but don't know what I want. [more inside]
posted by zerobyproxy on Nov 17, 2010 - 8 answers

how to create a healthy relationship with my mother

Nervous about reconnecting with my mother. Advice? [more inside]
posted by lover on Jul 3, 2010 - 17 answers

Federal job application vs. estranged family

How does a U.S. government (NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.) job application background check work if you are estranged from your biological family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2010 - 9 answers

"My parents are (not really) dead to me"

How do I explain to my son about why I am estranged from my mom and dad (his maternal grandparents)? [more inside]
posted by murrey on Feb 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Grandparents that ignore granddaughter: how to deal?

How do I deal with my child coming in last with her grandparents? [more inside]
posted by tigerjade on Feb 20, 2010 - 49 answers

Do I have to invite my father to the wedding?

Should I invite my estranged father to my wedding? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Dec 18, 2009 - 27 answers

Oh brother, where art thou?

I am estranged from my brother for a lot of different reasons. I want to have a relationship with him, but I only can do that if I do it 100% on his terms, which I simply cannot do (not religious and getting more anti-religious by the day). Should I continue to make the effort in the hopes of breaking through to him or just live my life without my only sibling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 24, 2009 - 24 answers

I wanna know about the old country.

I'm going to be at a rainy cottage all weekend with 3 senior citizens: my dad, aunt, and uncle. I want my non-talkative dad and his sister to reminisce about their childhoods, but I suspect my aunt's talkative husband will dominate the conversation. If that happens, Dad and Aunt won't talk much. How can I encourage them to reminisce without hurting my uncle's feelings? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on Sep 30, 2009 - 11 answers

WTF filter

What to do about an estranged friend who is sending mixed signals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 23, 2009 - 36 answers

How to contact my estranged father for documents required for Irish Citizenshp?

I recently learned I am eligible for Irish citizenship because my grandparents were born in Ireland. I need to obviously prove my relation to them, which is where things get sticky. I am related to them by way of my somewhat estranged father. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 15, 2008 - 13 answers

daddy drama

Do I call him? Probably should. But then what do I say? [more inside]
posted by engling on Jul 25, 2007 - 11 answers

I don't talk to my family. Does that make me a freak?

I've been estranged from my family for 3+ years. How can I explain this to a girl that I'm dating without seeming like a nutcase or weirdo? [more inside]
posted by Jake Apathy on Oct 21, 2006 - 32 answers

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