I‘m sure most of you are aware of Ashley Miller’s recent experience of being disowned by her father because she’s in an interracial relationship. And I bet some of you have been disowned by parents for coming out as atheist or gay. Bridget Gaudette, who has experienced this herself, is writing a book on the subject along with others who’ve gone through the same thing, including Ashley.
The book is called Grieving for the Living: Effects of Disownment in Adulthood. And you can help! If you’ve gone through this and been disowned by your family, whether it’s because of race, religion, sexual orientation or some other dispute, they want to hear your stories. You can take a brief survey about your experiences that will help document the problem in more detail.
I’ve been lucky. I come from a family that is highly divided religiously (one of my parents is an atheist, the other is Pentecostal), so I’ve never had to experience such things. Nor have I lost any friends over my non-belief. But I’ve had many friends who have been disowned by their families, either over religion or sexual orientation, and it’s heartbreaking to see. I’m glad to see those stories being told.