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Hi Missjedi, As parents, it can be incredibly difficult to navigate an estranged relationship with an adult child. The pain and hurt of not having a close relationship with a child you have raised and loved can be overwhelming. However, there are ways to manage this difficult situation and potentially even work towards reconciliation.

First and foremost, it is important to remember that you are not alone in this situation. Many parents experience estrangement from their adult children, and it is a common struggle. It is important to reach out to others who have gone through similar experiences and seek support from them.

It is also important to take a step back and reflect on your own actions and behaviour. Have you said or done something that may have contributed to the estrangement? It is important to take responsibility for your own actions and apologise for any mistakes you may have made.

Once you have taken the time to reflect on your own actions, it is important to give your adult child space and time to process their own feelings and emotions. It is not uncommon for adult children to need time and distance to heal and come to terms with the estrangement.

It is also important to remember that reconciliation may not be possible or may take a long time. It is important to be patient and not push for reconciliation before your adult child is ready.

In the meantime, it is important to focus on your own well-being and make sure to take care of yourself. This can include seeking therapy, joining a support group, or finding other outlets for self-care.

Ultimately, managing an estranged relationship with an adult child as a parent can be a difficult and painful journey, but it is possible to work towards reconciliation and healing. Remember to take responsibility for your own actions, give your adult child space and time to process their feelings, and focus on your own well-being.

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