Have any of you here coped with familial estrangement from one or more family members? I was just reading a thread on reddit about this issue and it seems so many people have stories to explain this sad phenomena: https://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/17bhzn/people_who_have_cut_family_members_out_of_their/ I haven't spoken to my mother in over 2 years. She kicked me out of the family when I was 13. Actually sent me to live somewhere else far away with people I had never met before. This after some years of physical and emotional abuse. I tried for years (well into my 30s) to do everything have some semblance of connection with every member of my family, including her. I finally gave up a few years ago because I couldn't shake the lies told about me to my siblings and others. Or the dynamic of me being an outsider to the family. I felt I was a family ghost, that I needed to always be on defensive to prove I was not "bad," or deserving of being sent away. She never reached out to me once when I quietly stopped calling her some years ago. The pain became simply too immense for me, but I must say the silence is deafening too. I thought I would get some relief, but I continue to suffer bouts of sadness hen I think how totally alienated from my family of origin. If I saw a sibling or my mother walking down the street at this point, I would hide my face and run away. The pain continues to be deep and unremitting for me. Have any of you dealt with familial estrangement? Why did it occur? How do you feel about it today? Any thoughts or insight appreciated. I would really value reading the experiences of others.