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Publisher's Summary

In Done with the Crying: Help and Healing for Mothers of Estranged Adult Children, Sheri McGregor, MA, helps parents break free from emotional pain - and move forward in their own lives.
As a loving mother to whom the unthinkable happened, McGregor knows the horrible shock that wrings a parent dry, triggers denial, blame, anger, and shame. With empathy and understanding, as well as tools, the latest research, and insight from more than 9,000 parents of estranged adult children, McGregor helps parents of estranged adults plan ahead, prepare for emotional triggers, and prevail over setbacks and pain.
You can be happy again. In a calm yet authoritative voice, and with exercises derived from her work as a life coach and her own recovery, McGregor helps mothers come to terms with their estranged adult child's choices and regain their health and happiness.
To fathers of estranged adult children - this book can help you, too. "Ninety-three percent of the parents who answer my survey at are mothers," says Sheri McGregor. "That's why the title is directed at them. But many of the book's examples are from couples, and include the experiences of fathers. Some passages directly highlight men's reactions, including my husband's. The principles presented are relevant to fathers, and the strategies for coping can be used by anyone."
In this encouraging and comprehensive book, McGregor fully covers the phenomenon of estranged adult children from families who never expected a son or daughter to cut ties and walk away.
Nine in-depth chapters provide dozens of inspiring examples from among the thousands of parents of estranged adult children. Gain understanding and practical help from a mother who knows the pain of this devastating loss with all its uncertainty and heartache. Hope can remain, but you don't have to stay stalled, forever waiting. You can move past the disbelief and distress. Take charge. Reclaim yourself and your life - only maybe even better.
©2016 Sheri McGregor (P)2018 Tantor
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-26-18

Take your life back and let healing begin

I found myself suddenly inducted into a club that none of us would want to join as parents. But what to do about it? The feeling that we are alone and unable to speak out or reach out for support is all-too-common. We didn't want to push our daughter further into Rebellion by speaking out publicly. Al-Anon was one option but this does not fill the void of resources for parents who are abandoned after raising their child lovingly and with and for excellence. This book takes an honest look at what the parents of estranged children are going through and have gone through leading up to the estrangement. While others are quick to judge unless they have walked a mile in another's shoes, this resource is compassionate and respectful and restores both common sense and dignity to suffering parents. often we do not even know we have been stripped of Common Sense until it is too late and we begin to question everything around us in light of the loss and betrayals we have sustained. Those of us who invested everything we had and everything we are find ourselves completely unprepared for such a twist in life. The author comes along side the parents as one who understands the grief and bewilderment first-hand but does not leave us stuck there by any means. I was able to take the author's hand and walk from the dark night of pain and grief and into the light knowing that brighter and brighter days are ahead. the exercise in the book are important for healing and considering the cost of counseling, it is a phenomenally priced resource. Just being able to read through and respond carefully and mindfully to the authors questions brought a new perspective so useful for healing and to allow me to begin to let go of what I cannot change or fix and focus on all of the love around me and be a blessing in the circumstances I can change. whether this is Week 1 and you are reeling from the shock, or this has been your walk for some time, there are suggestions that will help you become the very strongest you can be while you pray and trust God to bring healing and restoration in His time.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-22-18

My heart is much lighter

If only I could’ve found this book sooner. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I could not believe the amount of parents that go through the same thing my husband and I have been going through.
The information that is given in this book is so helpful and the way that it is presented iis so absolutely amazing. I think more counselor and therapist should recommend this book to parents That are struggling. This book has helped me more than any counselor or therapist has in the past year.
God bless you!

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