parents estranged children

In my studies of the lives of older Americans, I learned that almost nothing is as painful to them as estrangement from an adult child. When I wrote a blog post on this topic, it led to an extraordinary outpouring of interest that both surprised and moved me. When we reach the later years, our dream is to be surrounded by loving children and grandchildren.
According to experts parental estrangement is on the rise and has become a 'silent epidemic', presenting new challenges for men and women on the brink of parenthood. How can you be a parent when you no longer speak to your own?
The destruction of the parent-child bond was a persistent source of melancholy, a feeling of incompleteness that weighed down the soul.