Disconnected: The Heartbreak of Family Estrangement

November 2, 2017
Hosted by Dr. Merle Griff

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Are you a parent whose child has cut off contact with you? Are you unable to see or speak to your grandchildren? How does this estrangement affect the rest of your family? Unfortunately, many families struggle with estrangements, with either the child or the parent cutting off contact. Dr. Joshua Coleman believes that parental estrangement is a “silent epidemic,” because many parents are ashamed to admit they no longer have a relationship with their children. Once estranged from his own daughter, Dr. Coleman will discuss with Dr. Merle some of the causes of these breaks, and steps that you can take to try and mend the relationship. This is a heartbreaking, very emotional subject, and one that affects many families. We will take your calls live on the air if you want to share your story with Dr. Joshua Coleman and Dr. Merle on Caught Between Generations.

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More than 40 percent of people in their 40s and 50s have at least one living parent, and a child under the age of 21 for whom they are providing care and assistance. Most likely there is also a job, a house to run, groceries to buy and meals to get on the table. How can you cope with the massive demand on your time for love, attention, and decision-making skills?

We know it’s not easy but Caught Between Generations is here to help. We talk all things multi-generational, and provide practical tips you can use right now and in the long term to make your life less stressful.

Our program is a one-stop shop for information and resources for caregivers of multiple generations. If you are caring for children, grandchildren, spouse and/or parents, you do not have the time or the energy to search for all of the information that you need. Caught Between Generations will help you feel more peaceful, more organized and more informed with expert interviews with those in the know.

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Dr. Merle Griff

Merle Griff, PhD is an expert on caring for both children and aging parents. She has been an invited speaker at international and national conferences such as the World Congress on Family and Play Therapy. Dr. Griff has written extensively on intergenerational dynamics, including her book LinkAges, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on topics such as The Influence of Grandparents in Family Systems, and developed therapeutic techniques for use with multi-generational families.

Dr. Griff is the founder and CEO of SarahCare Senior Solutions (http://sarahcare.com). SarahCare provides creative solutions for seniors that helps them to remain in their home and with their families. Prior to founding SarahCare, Dr. Griff was a therapist in community mental health centers working with children and their families and extended families.

Dr. Griff is a wife, mother and grandmother. She took her mother into her own home to care for her following a very dense stroke, and is passionate about providing help for others in similar situations.

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