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Cut Off From Family: Estrangement Is More Common Than You Think


Over the excitement of the holiday season, many people spent time with loved ones – while others actively chose to stay away or were excluded from family events.

"Estrangement" happens when one or more family members intentionally ends contact with a relative because of an ongoing negative relationship. What causes these kinds of rifts and ruptures? 

How can different members of the family cope with these difficult and potentially painful situations?

How do relatives decide when to mend or move on from broken familial relationships?


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Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.