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Actual Shunning Letters from Jehovah's Witness to "Loved" Ones

by Brenda Lee 10. August 2009 13:08

(Note:  emphasis was added to certain words and names were replaced with asterisks to maintain privacy) 

From a 19-year old to her aunt  Dear ***,I cannot begin to describe to you the mixed emotions that I felt upon receiving your e-mail.  I cannot say that I was particularly happy about it either…I can't imagine that after all your years in the truth you would be so stubborn in continuing to try to speak to us when you knew very well that your actions would lead to a severance of any communication with usI think it is absolutely inconsiderate and actually unfeeling that you would continue to subject me to this.  If I knew you were making some effort to come back to Jehovah and to his organization I would be happier than anyone else.  But, since you are not anywhere near that and don't plan on ever being, I would appreciate it if you would stop trying to contact me.  It is not fair to me to keep pulling my emotions back and forth in a relationship which I know will never develop into anything closer than what it is right now, with no communication between us …If you keep trying to contact me I just want you to know that I will not respond.  If you are so very happy with your life now, then live it.  Enjoy it while it lasts and please stop trying to convince me that I can still be a part of it.  It's not going to happen.  

From a brother to his sister Work is all good, and it does keep me fairly busy…Without being rude however I am having a hard time with how this is going. I know that you have left the truth, I get pretty upset when I think about the boys not being encouraged to develop a relationship with Jehovah God. To take away from them the chance to live forever.  I just don't get it.

… Hopefully you will soon see that you have isolated yourself from a lot of the things that make life purposeful...I mean no malace (sic) in this and it breaks my heart to have to send a message like this to someone that I have always enjoyed a good relationship with, but it needs to be said that without a relationship with Jehovah to bind it all together then how long can it go on. I mean what happens when Armaggeddon (sic) starts up and you are not in the kingdom.  What do I tell deceased brother and deceased mother if I get through and all your family does not.

Where’s the Christian love in this correspondence?  Tragically, thousands of people worldwide receive letters like the ones above every single year from a mother, father, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, or child, a relative who is a Jehovah’s Witness.  They create this perverted dynamic of emotional abuse, they say, because they love them. 

From  (look for periodic updates to this blog).  PLEASE send your family's shunning letters to Brenda Lee if you would like to have them posted here.  Your submission can remain anonymous. 

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