The term estrangement is defined as the conscious choice to separate oneself from a friend or family member. With this comes a state of alienation, loss of affection, in addition to a state of hostility or unfriendliness. There are many reasons a person becomes estranged from someone else. The causes of estrangement may include abuse, neglect, bullying, betrayal or lack of support. While it is important to grieve an estrangement and acknowledge how sad it may be, there may also be positive outcomes from creating a permanent boundary around someone who no longer adds value to your life or is actively making it worse. Is this something that you are struggling with currently and would like to talk about with a therapist? Please reach out.