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Family Estrangement and Bereavement

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This very insightful article from the New York Times focuses on the heightened grief people in a family rift may feel when the person from whom they are estranged dies. It can lead to a kind of "complicated grief," involving strong feelings of ambivalence. The article features insights from my book Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend...

Wonderful Time Talking about Estrangement with Kate and Oliver Hudson!

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I have had (for a usually pretty stodgy academic type) some very interesting experiences since I published my book, Fault Lines: Fractured Families and How to Mend Them. But few compare with spending time with actors and influencers Kate and Oliver Hudson. We talked about family estrangement, the shame and stigma it causes, and how it can be...

Harry and Meghan’s Estrangement Explained

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To hear the press tell the story, the romance of Prince Harry and the actress Meghan Markle had the makings of a fairy tale. The prince, after years of rowdy army life, was ready to settle down. One of the most eligible men in the world, he falls head over heels for a commoner (and an American). A wedding occurs in Disney-like splendor that was...