Back in 2001, I left the JWs rather abruptly. I had discovered things about the Watchtower that really made me quite angry, angry because I had been lied to, and it took me just to darn long to figure it out. Before I had left, my husband and I wrote 3 letters, one to the elders at our congregation, and two to our parents. Originally we were just going to fade away, and the letters were there just in case, and the just in case happened in the form of my butt in your business brother in law.
Two days after we sent them off, it was first a couple of elders from the congregation we had attended came by. They were just making sure that I was the one who had sent those letter, and not some imposter. I did, and they asked why, and I told them. That was that.
Four days after I sent the letter off to my mom, she showed up; we lived about two hours away from each other. And again she too asked me why, and I told her why.
Then she said something to me that it really baffles me why she said what she said. Also, my mother in law said this very same thing to her son as well, and both of these women said this; "Even if I discover that this is not the true religion, I will never walk away, I have invested too much of my life to ever walk away." Both of these women became JWs back in 1974, with the promise that this old system of things will pass away in the fall of 1975.
The really sad part with this whole thing is they never got to know their grandsons because they choose to stay away. They never bonded with their own grandchildren, and now they are missing out on getting to know their great-grandson.