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In Done with the Crying: Help and Healing for Mothers of Estranged Adult Children, Sheri McGregor, MA, helps parents break free from emotional pain - and move forward in their own lives.

As a loving mother to whom the unthinkable happened, McGregor knows the horrible shock that wrings a parent dry, triggers denial, blame, anger, and shame. With empathy and understanding, as well as tools, the latest research, and insight from more than 9,000 parents of estranged adult children, McGregor helps parents of estranged adults plan ahead, prepare for emotional triggers, and prevail over setbacks and pain.

You can be happy again. In a calm yet authoritative voice, and with exercises derived from her work as a life coach and her own recovery, McGregor helps mothers come to terms with their estranged adult child's choices and regain their health and happiness.

To fathers of estranged adult children - this book can help you, too. "Ninety-three percent of the parents who answer my survey at rejectedparents.net are mothers," says Sheri McGregor. "That's why the title is directed at them. But many of the book's examples are from couples, and include the experiences of fathers. Some passages directly highlight men's reactions, including my husband's. The principles presented are relevant to fathers, and the strategies for coping can be used by anyone."

In this encouraging and comprehensive book, McGregor fully covers the phenomenon of estranged adult children from families who never expected a son or daughter to cut ties and walk away.

Nine in-depth chapters provide dozens of inspiring examples from among the thousands of parents of estranged adult children. Gain understanding and practical help from a mother who knows the pain of this devastating loss with all its uncertainty and heartache. Hope can remain, but you don't have to stay stalled, forever waiting. You can move past the disbelief and distress. Take charge. Reclaim yourself and your life - only maybe even better.

©2016 Sheri McGregor (P)2018 Tantor

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Highly recommend for beleaguered parents

This book by the kind, warm-spirited author was balm to my soul. It not only gave examples and information which provided commiseration, but, more importantly, much of the book is dedicated to moving on. Although I didn't have the extreme mistreatment that the author and others in her book experienced, my own children have done what I call "virtual estrangement," not contacting me but a few times a year and oftentimes only when they need something, this after being the best mom I possibly knew how to be and being in their corner in every way I could.

There is something in society that is contributing to this maltreatment of our fellow humans generally, and I feel it has not yet been corralled with understanding. This quote I lifted from a website about parental estrangement that sums it up: "It is of no solace to good parents, but I have observed through friends and family that the awful, emotionally neglectful parents are the ones who ironically get most attention from their kids well through adulthood, because these kids are constantly craving affection, attention, and approval they never had. And yet it is the great parents who give their kids the gift to grow wings and fly the nest, and be totally and utterly self-sufficient who are mistreated with estrangement. It is a strange and uncomfortable truth."

There aren't any easy answers to this form of emotional abuse, but this book has gone a long way toward helping me find ways to cope and get past this harsh reality. Although this book is aimed at mothers in the title, I think it would be helpful for men to listen to, particularly if he is not finding a sympathetic ear or coping strategies elsewhere. Peace to all good parents who suffer in this way ...

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Like some, never seemed to be a conclusion. or an answer to stop the crying.