About Estrangement

You are not alone.

Family estrangement in general, and parental estrangement in particular, have been called a silent epidemic in our society. Seventy million persons over the age 18 indicate they are estranged from a family member. That includes 5 million parents whose adult children have cut off or seriously curtailed communication with them.  There are many factors on both sides, but laying blame gets us nowhere. Most important is realizing that parental estrangement results in a trauma with symptoms similar to those returning from combat zones. The mental, emotional, relational, physical, and medical toll can be overwhelming.

PEAK, Parents of Estranged Adult Kids was founded in 2019 as a national movement to aid estranged parents in their recovery process. PEAK WNC (Western North Carolina) is a  regional chapter of that movement. 

The way that parental estrangement unfolds is different for everyone. So is the path of recovery. Some find books are important, others social media, still others recovery groups. This PEAK WNC webpage is designed to help you find what you need to heal and move forward in your life.

Since many professionals are not familiar with the magnitude and impacts of parental estrangement, we also offer faith-based and secular-based training for clergy, chaplains, parish nurses, therapists, physicians, attorneys, and financial planners.


Recovery Group Orientation

Is a recovery group right for you?

A new PEAK WNC recovery group will begin meeting this fall. An orientation meeting is designed for those who would like to learn more about participating in a group. The orientation meeting will be

Wednesday, July 24th, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
AdventHealth Multispecialty at Laurel Park
1881 Pisgah Drive
Hendersonville, NC 28791

“PEAK provided me an outlet for venting my feelings of separation from my estranged daughter and became a vehicle for transporting me to a new reality where I was able to better take control of my future. The PEAK readings were particularly helpful and the group sharing allowed me the freedom to alleviate much of the pain that I was living with. Thank you for my new outlook.”





“The PEAK book is masterful, touching and spot on. You did for me in one book what a full staff of pastors have been trying to do for months. I want to bottle this and circle the globe giving estranged parents a sip. What a blessing. I am so grateful to you.”

$18.95 from PayPal

This book is written to serve as a resource for parents with estranged adult kids. If you are an estranged parent, little more needs to be said about the need for this book. You have likely been wandering about in a silent wilderness with little to comfort or guide you. You may have talked with friends or consulted with a physician, clergy person, or even a professional therapist and found little help.

There are few situations more agonizing in life than to find that your adult child has cut off communication with you and possibly you from your grandchildren. People who have experienced the loss of a friend in war, family members to car accidents or physical violence, or the loss of all their material possessions will testify that the pain from all these losses pales in comparison to that of the estrangement from children and grandchildren.

Without assigning blame or eliciting shame, this book offers a path of acceptance and healing for those seeking to move forward as loving, compassionate people who still have something to give the world in spite of this greatest of losses.

(This offer is only available for persons in North and South Carolina.)

Daily Scripture readings and reflections for parents recovering from the trauma of parental estrangement.

$9.95 from PayPal

A surprising study of parental estrangement from a Biblical perspective which reveals that family estrangement is common in families. 

$14.95 from PayPal

A daily devotional for estranged parents who are recovering from the impact of suicidal desperation resulting from their trauma.

$17.95 from PayPal

This book outlines a journey that promotes healing for your spirit, body, and mind while leaving room for hope amid estrangement. 

$18.00 from PayPal

Everyone deserves to recover.

Recovery Coaching

Recovery coaching is designed to help estranged parents heal from the multiple impacts of estrangement through in-person sessions with PEAK founder, Fe Anam Avis. In these sessions, parents set goals for their recovery process, and are offered practical tools and resources to support them. Recovery coaching is not psychological therapy, and is not appropriate for persons suffering from mental health disorders.

(Recovery coaching is only offered for residents in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.)


“A painful, mysterious, and isolating condition is flooded with light by PEAK. Now I can see a path.”


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SPEAK Training

In SPEAK Awareness Training, participants gain a better understanding of the magnitude of the estrangement issue, the collateral impacts on other relationships, the factors that contribute to estrangement, and the mental, emotional, physical, and relational consequences. In longer formats, participants learn how to have helpful conversations with an estranged parents that will reduce isolation and promote recovery.

SPEAK Awareness Training can be tailored to three different groups:

a. General audiences (retirement centers, senior centers, service organizations, adult education, etc.)
b. Professionals (social workers, therapists, financial planners, estate attorneys, etc.)
c. Faith Community leaders (clergy, lay pastors, parish nurses, chaplains, etc.)

Faith Community Nurses in the Rockies

September 23, 2024
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (MST)

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
2101 S. Prospect Ave.
Champaigne, IL 61820

October 26, 2024
8:30 am to 11:00 am (CST)

Wild Goose Festival
Union Grove, NC 

July 11, 2024
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (EST)

About Estrangement


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PEAK Western North Carolina
Cell:    614-208-4090

PEAK WNC serves the estranged parents in our region through a partnership with the
Council on Aging for Henderson County.