Obviously I too am dealing with an estranged child in my life. My daughter and son-in-law have dropped me from their lives and I don't have many opportunities to see my 3 yr old granddaughter. Just when I seem to become a little better centered/coping, then along comes Christmas. I am the one in the family that hosts all the family get-togethers...immediate family as well as extended family. My daughter and grand-daughter attend for a few moments (long enough to greet people that are in attendance and to pick up their gifts and then they leave. It is just devastating for me to see them, but not be able to interact...it is just a reminder again of what is missing in my life. It just destroys me...and I fall back into depression. I would like to know how everyone deals with those family situations?