Ten steps to surviving a family rift, finding peace, and moving on A family rift is one of the most traumatic experiences a person can face. It can have a profound effect on virtually every aspect of life, causing depression, relationship problems, and even physical illness. Healing From Family Rifts offers hope to those coping with a split in their families. Family therapist Mark Sichel addresses the pain and shame connected with family rifts and offers a way through the crisis and on toward healing and fulfillment. Uniquely, Sichel does not assume that every rift will or even should be mended. Instead, he offers ways to recover from any outcome, including: A 10-step process to come to terms with the family dynamics that led to the split Methods to find peace and personal reconciliation Skills that help to build a second family of people whose values are in line with one's own Techniques to fight feelings of guilt when faced with a family rift Includes inspiring and instructive stories drawn from the author's patients that help readers put their own situations in perspective.
Family estrangement is larger than conflict and more complicated than betrayal. It is entwined in contradictory beliefs, values, behaviours and goals and is the result of at least one member of the family considering reconciliation impossible and/or undesirable. The cessation of familial relations, whether that involves rejection or deciding to leave, can be an inordinately traumatising experience. Whilst data suggests that around 1 in 12 people are estranged from at least one family member this topic is rarely discussed or researched. Based on the author’s in-depth research and exploration of the topic of estrangement, Family Estrangement: A Matter of Perspective captures the unique lived experiences of both estrangee and estranger. Offering multiple perspectives drawn from academic and popular literature as well as case studies, the book contextualises its chapters within current theoretical understandings of family relationships and estrangement, including Loss and Grief theories, Attachment Theory and Bowen Family Systems Theory. Practice sections provide estranged readers and professionals with a structured approach to exploring the various aspects of estrangement within a family and to help them identify resilience, strengths and strategies which individuals may harness as they attempt to live with estrangement. Written with the aim to provide guidance in understanding estrangement in context, this book is suitable for estranged family members and all professionals who encounter and work with people affected by estrangement, including social workers, counsellors, psychologists, allied health professionals, doctors, nurses and legal professions.
Ring around the Rosie A pocket full of posies, Ashes! Ashes! We all fall down! As a little girl growing up singing Ring Around the Rosie, little did I know, that this would become our family ballad. My maternal grandpa used to say, One day this family will destroy itself! How could I possibly understand what that meant? But I remember him saying it, all the same. Grandpas prediction now rings true, as our family did destroy itself and fell to the ashes with the final act of our mothers passing. She left a carefully woven Gordian knot through deceptive means in her death wake of such vast proportion and complexity that it may never unravel. The death and passing of a loved one is difficult, even under the best of circumstances. But if the ties that bind left behind unaddressed confusion, misunderstandings, and/or deceit, the pain can run deep and leave a lasting nonnegotiable imprint, limited not to just one member, but the entire family for generations to come.
Licensed clinical psychologist, intuitive counselor, and upcoming Bravo celebrity Carmen Harra shows readers the power of karma! When it comes to our interactions with family, friends, and the people we live with or work with, the drama can be overwhelming and confusing if we aren’t guided by love—the karmic cure for every hurt, rift, misunderstanding, conflict, and betrayal. In her new book Karma Queen: The Truth About Karma and Relationships, Carmen Harra draws upon her knowledge of psychology and metaphysics, her experience as a therapist and counselor, and her own relationships to help readers untangle the complexities of their relationships and get the most out of them. This book applies Carmen’s ideas to all types of relationships, because she firmly believes that karma affects every relationship in our lives—including whether we ever meet our soul mate. Rich in practical, solid advice, the book will also feature stories drawn from Carmen's new reality show and from her life.
Picking up right at the point where Janet Woititz’s 1990 hit book Adult Children of Alcoholics left off, clinical psychologist Tian Dayton’s latest contribution contains fresh perspectives and new analysis on how to gain back emotional stability after growing up with the trauma of addiction, abuse, and dysfunction. Dr. Dayton accomplishes this by presenting and explaining the latest research in neuropsychology and the role trauma plays on chemically altering the brain. With compassion and clear explanations and her own personal journey, Dayton teaches readers how to undo the neuropsychological damage of trauma to rewire the brain and reverse the negative effects trauma has on our future relationships and behaviors to gain emotional sobriety. In Emotional Sobriety, Dr. Dayton teaches readers: How to understand the mind/body relationship of addiction and relationship trauma How to rewire your brain to undo the negative effects trauma has on personal, career, and romantic relationships How changing the way one lives and perceives adult relationships can change the way one thinks and feels and vice versa
Storyteller A. Karl Boehmke retells 40 stories from Bible times - aold-time favorites plus some very likely new to you - about people trying to get along with each other and with God; sometimes succeeding brilliantly, sometimes failing miserably.aWhen they do get along, it's because they have learned to accept forgiveness and learned to forgive in turn. They discover that forgiveness never comes cheap, always there is a price to be paid; but when forgiveness does come-- deep forgiveness, that is -- the reward outweighs the cost a hundred times over. Here are some of the characters youOCOll meet as the stories unfold (remember any?): Cain and Abel, Abraham and Sarah, Joseph, Ruth, Jonah, John the Baptizer, Jesus, Simon Peter, Thomas, Judas Iscariot, Paul of Tarsus. Lots more.aWhen you finish recognizing certain of your own acquaintances or family members in the Bible characters, you may just find yourself wondering, could that story be about me? .
The author examines the increasing problem of family conflict and estrangement, offering advice on how to achieve reconciliation and forgiveness by offering examples from her own personal experience of being estranged from her son. Reprint.
"Grandparenting can be one of the most fulfilling experiences of YOUR life. And you can provide your grandkids with one of the most important experiences of THEIR lives." -Jerry Witkovsky (MSW) A longtime social-work professional, grandparenting activist and passionate Grandpa guides you toward The Grandest Love of all, with fresh approaches to age-old questions: HOW CAN I... help my family stay connected, regardless of time, distance or income? remain vital and "in the loop" in my grandchildren's rapidly changing world? maintain appropriate boundaries and promoting healthy interdependence? maximize open communication among three generations? leave a meaningful legacy, a "living legacy" I can take pride in, today? The Grandest Love will help you make the most of the family you've got. Read what reviewers are saying about The Grandest Love!
In 1998, scientist, healer, and mystic Jude Currivan heard an inner message - a call to undertake a global quest that would transform her life and take her and her fellow travelers on an inner and outer odyssey that would ultimately reveal our hidden heritage and cosmic destiny. The initial intention of these journeys was to activate the healing energies of 12 ancient Lemurian artifacts around the earth to support the collective shift of awareness prophesied for 2012. But an even deeper purpose began to unfold. . . The native elders of indigenous traditions around the world say that in these momentous times, ''We are the ones we have been waiting for. '' As did the heroes of mythology, we are now about to embark on a spiritual quest to remember the wholeness of who we really are. The 12 activations and the opening of a galactic portal were completed during the December solstice of 2003, but in 2006 a further call heralded a 13th healing journey. As we approach 2012 and experience the birth pangs of a new age, this book shares an inspirational message of hope and reconciliation. It offers an empowering call for every one of us to embody our own divinity and fulfill our highest purpose as the heroes of this transformation.