Hi Brandon & Family,
First of all WELCOME to REAL friends!!
If you have the time, please go here: http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/9/47295/668014/post.ashx#668014
That's my story - which is similar to yours, but in reverse. My two daughters, along with all our old so-called "friends", are shunning my wife, two sons and I. Previously we were considered the 'model' JW family and were chosen to do all the family items about how a JW family should be --------- then I found out the truth!
My wife and I have been through the whole gamut of emotions, but our friends here have helped us heal - COMPLETELY!
When we first came here we were in agonising pain. We felt as though we were in mourning; that we had lost something special - which is exactly what Watchtower wants you to feel. The truth is, you/we haven't lost anything at all. It is your parents, other relatives and friends that have lost the greatest gift to man - FREEDOM!
No-one is free in Watchtower, but it will take time for your relatives to ever realise this. What is beyond question is the amount of courage you have shown to take the stand you have. It takes REAL courage to admit one's beliefs are wrong and to walk away from them. You knew what the outcome would likely be but you followed your convictions. You have everyone's profound respect for that here! We KNOW - REALLY KNOW - what you are going through.
Continue to take courage, Brandon and Family, for you are now amongst thousands who share your situation. While we are thousands of miles apart geographically, this forum unites us together in an instant. There isn't a tear we cannot share together, nor an upbuilding moment. Your journey to freedom has just begun and we're here to make it that much easier. It's our privilege to have you among us and our love and friendship is completely unconditional.
Love to you all,
Ian, Claire and Boys