She lost a friend to cancer; now the friend’s widower is ignoring her.
It can be tricky to know when to give a friend “a pass”—and how much to overlook after trauma or loss.
I have a friend who lost her husband about a year ago. She has also lost most of her friends through her hostile behavior toward them…
Incredibly moving friendship story by Joyce Wadler of the New York Times
My colleague, Linda Ligenza–a social worker and life coach who is also an expert on trauma–recently penned a guest post here entitled, Trauma, Trust and Friendship. She offered some self-help tips for coping with traumatic experiences, particularly as they affect friendships. Since that post, a visitor to the blog wrote me asking for more information. [...]
When a friendship begins to feel too complicated, it’s a sign that something’s amiss. It could be that your friend is either withholding information from you and withdrawing. The choices are either to talk about it or to pull back. That’s usually not an easy decision. QUESTION Hello Irene, I’m finding myself in a [...]
QUESTION Dear Irene, My wife died last May, almost six months ago. We were so devoted to each other that we didn’t need any friends. I don’t go to pubs or clubs and am very much a loner. Now, I seem to be pushing people away in case they want something I’m unable to give [...]