Book Excerpt

Reconciling with an estranged sibling means embracing the present while accepting the past

A woman holding a cup and looking out the window thoughtfully.
A woman holding a cup and looking out the window thoughtfully.
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For the better part of 40 years, I had no relationship with my only sibling, my brother, Scott. I never knew why; we never spoke enough for me to find out. I ruminated endlessly. In time, I began to feel that I was mourning the living.

The moment of change came when my brother, who was on the ropes financially and emotionally, called on our mother. Desperate, she begged me to help.

The crisis was the catalyst that led us to reconcile. My brother and I met with a therapist, who guided us as we reconnected. I needed to understand…

Fern Schumer Chapman

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