Banished: A Grandmother Alone: Surviving Alienation and Estrangement (Paperback)
For author Nancy Lee Klune, the nightmare began with a phone call from a stranger. The man, who identified himself as a family therapist, informed her that her son and daughter-in-law had decided that she was to have no further contact with them or their four children. This call set in motion a ten year journey of deep pain, emotional turmoil, and personal growth as she found ways to cope with this indescribable loss. Each inspirational chapter in Banished explores the dilemmas and challenges facing alienated parents and grandparents. Woven throughout are intensely personal accounts of the author's own healing along with practical advice for those who suffer from family estrangement. She shares her process of healing, discussing everything from acceptance, forgiveness, gratitude, self-love, and the importance of letting go and honoring your own life. She reveals how she found joy and happiness again, despite the vacuum created by the absence of her adult child and grandchildren. Providing both straightforward assistance and much-needed empathy for those facing family alienation and estrangement, this book helps you move forward, while offering tools for healing and creating more love and peace in your life.
Nancy Lee Klune holds a master's degree in music with continuing graduate studies in counseling psychology. She has worked as a teacher, music therapist, and activities director in the field of addiction. A former professional dancer/choreographer, she is also a classical pianist, composer, and the author of several children's books. She currently coaches people dealing with alienation and estrangement. Visit her online at www.grandparentsdeniedaccess.com.