Oh, Nicole. So much of this is my story, too. And others. My heart breaks for you.
I’ve found that mourning the loss is lessened when you find surrogates-those who ultimately teach you what unconditional love is about.
Those who know better when the grapevines carry whispers that the relationship decay is your fault.
Those who will remain when others are long dead.
The worst thing you can do is question your decision to give them space. To listen to those who tell you to make amends simply because their time here may be running out. To stay because it’s the right thing to do.
Some parents can’t be parents. Some children live their whole lives wondering why, and worse, blaming themselves.