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Healing estranged relationships understands the challenges of estranged relationships.  It is our goal to provide resources that will be of comfort to you, and instill hope that your estrangement can be mended and hearts healed.

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You may also call the HER Group meeting closest to you.


Adams, J. (1994). I’m still your mother: How to get along with your grown-up children for the rest of you life. NY: Delacorte Press.

Adams, J. (2003). When our grown kids disappoint us. Letting go of their problems, loving them anyway, and getting on with our lives. NY: Simon & Schuster.           

Baker, A. J. L. & Fine, P. R. (2014). Surviving parental alienation.  Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield.

Coleman, J. (2007). When parents hurt: Compassionate strategies when you and your grown child don’t get along.  NY:  Harper Collins.

Davis, L. (2002). I thought we’d never speak again. NY: HarperCollins.

Harder, A. (1994, 2002). Letting go of our adult children: When what we do is never enough. Holbrook, MA: Bob Adams.

Gilbertson, T. (2014). Guide for Parents of Estranged Adult Children. (This is not a physical book. It’s a downloadable PDF file that arrives in your email box within minutes of purchase. Website:

Isay, J. (2007). Walking on eggshells:  Navigating the delicate relationship between adult children and their parents. NY: Doubleday.

Kuttner, R. & Trotter, S. (2002). Family re-union: Reconnecting parents and children in adulthood. NY: Free Press.

Lebay, B. (2001). Family estrangements: How they begin, how to mend them, how to cope with them. Marietta, GA: Longstreet Press.

Leiber, P., Murphy, G. S., & Schwartz, A. M. (1994). Grown-up children, Grown-up parents: Opening the door to healthy relationships between parents and adult children. NY: Birch Lane Press.

McCoy, K. (2013). Making peace with your adult children. Publisher: Author.

Smith, S. L. (1991).  Making peace with your adult children. NY: Perseus.

Sucov, E. B. (2006). Fragmented families:  Patterns of estrangement and reconciliation. Jerusalem: Southern Hills Press.

Tannen, D. (2001). I only say this because I love you. Talking to your parents, partner, sibs, and kids when you’re all adults. NY: Ballentine.

Taylor, K. (2011). Free mother to good home. A handbook & survival guide for good parents, stepparents & grandparents who find themselves underappreciated, under-loved & overwhelmed. Bloomington, IN: Balboa Press.

Books about parent and adult-child relationships written from the adult-child’s perspective:

Atkins, D. (2004). I’m OK, you’re my parents: How to overcome guilt, let go of anger, and create a relationship that works. NY: Henry Hole & Co.

Bloomfield, H. H. (1983). Making peace with your parents: The key to enriching your life and all your relationships. NY: Ballantine.

Newman, S. (2003). Nobody’s baby now: Reinventing your adult relationship with your mother and father. NY: Walker & Company.

Sichel, M. (2004). Healing from family rifts: Ten steps to finding peace after being cut off from a family member. NY:  McGraw-Hill.

Tannen, D. (2001). I only say this because I love you. Talking to your parents, partner, sibs, and kids when you’re all adults. NY:  Ballentine.

Books about mother – daughter relationships:

Hafner, K. (2013).  Mother, daughter, me: A memoir. NY:  Random House.

Herst, C. (1998). For mothers of difficult daughters: How to enrich and repair the bond in adulthood. NY: Random House.

McGregor, Sheri. (2016). Done with the crying: Help and healing for mothers of estranged adult children. San Marcos, CA: Sowing Creek Press.

Tannen, D. (2006). You’re wearing that? Understanding mothers and daughters in conversation. NY:  Random House.

Zax, B. & Poulter, S. (1998). Mending the broken bough: Restoring the promise of the mother-daughter relationship. NY: Berkley Books.

Books about in-law relationships:

Lieberman, S. A. (2009). The mother-in-laws manual. Houston: Bright Sky Press.                   

Merrill, D. (2011). When your children marry:  How marriage changes relationships with sons and daughters. Lanham, MD:  Rowan & Littlefield.

Merrill, D. (2007). Mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law: Understanding the relationship and what makes them friends or foe. Westport, CT: Praeger.

Richards, N. (2008). Heal & forgive II:  The journey from abuse and estrangement to reconciliation.  Nevada City, CA:  Blue Dolphin Publishing.


Internet Sites

National Resources

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Phone: 703-524-7600 (Main)
800-950-NAMI [6264] (Help Line)

Local Resources 
  • (Dallas) Alcoholics Anonymous
    • Phone: 214-887-6699
    • Services: Information about Alcoholics Anonymous program of recovery and group locations in the Dallas area.
  • (Dallas) Al-Anon/Alateen
    • Phone: 214-363-0461
    • Services: Support groups for families and friends of alcoholics, professional resource materials, speakers.
  • (Dallas) Mental Health Association
    • Phone: 214-871-2420
    • Services: Leads, coordinates and involves the community in improving mental health by advocating for improved care and treatment, conducting education and prevention programs, and raising public awareness about mental health and mental illness.
  • (Dallas) Suicide and Crisis Center
    • Phone: 214-824-7020 (Administration) 214-828-1000 (24 Hour Crisis Line)
    • Services: 24 Hour telephone crisis counseling for individuals in crisis, especially suicidal crisis; community education; support groups for those who have lost a loved one to suicide; screen teenagers at schools for depression.
Emergency Help
  • Suicide and Crisis Hotline 214-828-1000
  • Parkland Hospital – 214-590-8000, 5201 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX, 75235
  • Parkland Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Service – 214-590-8761, 5201 Harry Hines Boulevard, Dallas, TX, 75235