And my friend Peter stopped speaking to his only brother 30 years ago; he has never looked back.
“Sibling relationships are our longest, but it’s also an accident by birth.
When one sibling is the clear parental favorite, it can cause resentment that festers over years.
A whole host of reasons can trigger disruption in sibling relationships, explained Geoffrey Greif, co-author of with Michael Wooley.
“Like the end of a marriage, sibling estrangement is always sad, even when it brings relief.“Cutting it off is a declaration that there is no hope here.That’s a hard thing to do but sometimes it’s necessary for self-preservation,” she admitted.In my group of closest friends and family members, my friend Ira hasn’t spoken to his sister and brother in years and says he is happier living without them.My wife cut off dealings with her brother, whom she perceived as nasty and undermining, eight years ago and hasn’t regretted the break-up.