Talking with a number of my closest friends over the past few days, I was shocked to find that members of their family have "disowned them." Cut off ties completely. Even when small children were involved.
How common is this? If any of you has a story to this effect -- and would let me print it -- please send it on. Maybe it is more common than I think. I would like to know for a book I am planning, a collection of true-life stories of disownments. (Since writing this two years ago, I've received more than 200 stories and letters. Thank you.)