A taboo subject deserving more research and public discussion, family estrangement is a painful, haunting, and at times, necessary experience. The proesss of estrangement can be eased and even reconciled by exploring griefwork, acceptance, and boundaries. Relationships can be redefined. Simply cutting off members of your family of origin without reflection can result in unhealthy and problematic relationships down the road. HOW one engages in this process will determine whether it has a positive, growthful impact on one’s life and relationships or a detrimental impact.