The pain never ends for estranged parents whose grown children have cut their parents out of their lives.
However, parents can learn how to manage the pain with help from Dr. Joshua Coleman.
Coleman, a psychologist with a private practice in the San Francisco Bay area, is also the author of four books including "When Parents Hurt: Compassionate Strategies When You and Your Grown Child Don't Get Along."
Parents everywhere have been helped by Coleman's webinars about dealing with being estranged from their grown children.
Some of Coleman's suggestions for repairing the relationship including apologizing for anything the parent may have done, accepting that the adult child's viewpoint is valid, listening without judgement, and waiting while continuing to reach out.
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, Coleman will lead the newest webinar in his series on parental estrangement. The webinar begins at 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time.
This week's webinar is titled, "How Do I Deal With the Pain?"
The webinar will help parents manage the pain of estrangement from their grown children. Being told that you're not a good parent by your own child is very painful, according to Coleman.
Parents deal with feelings of fear, sadness, worry, rage, guilt, shame and regret. By understanding their emotional reactions to the estrangement, parents can learn to handle their feelings in a more healthy way.
Estrangement from adult children can happen gradually or suddenly, leaving parents with no communication and no answers to what caused the estrangement.
Many estranged parents who feel they were good parents, sacrificing for their children and providing guidance, don't understand when their adult child suddenly cuts them out of their life.
In many cases of estrangement, there is no abuse or neglect, just a gradual or sudden distancing of adult children from their confused parents.
Parents can register for Coleman's parental estrangement series at his website. Learning effective ways to deal with the pain of estrangement can help parents move forward.
Parents can also download a free study guide to take notes during Dr. Coleman's Oct. 22 webinar. Coleman offers estranged parents help and hope for the future.