I have (well had) an extremely small circle of JW friends. Lots of acquaintances and associates but 2 or 3 I would consider my true friends. That list is now 0. Yup, once I told them I no longer believe in the org and haven't for a long time, and their attempts to encourage me thru jw lingo and terminologies to "rely on Jehovah" and not to "stray away" failed that was pretty much it. I haven't heard from them since. So the shunning has already begun - No disassociation, no disfellowshipping, just not believing or attending anymore. It's sad for them really, because I'm still the same person they became friends with, but they only see that I don't believe in the org so they have to cut back or off completely association.
I told the one I felt the closest to -we've been friends since the sandbox - that I am happier now than I had been in years since I stopped attending the meetings.. I asked if she was happy for me. The reply? "Nope. Because your happiness comes from not being happy in Jehovahs organization." Huh?? Really?? Wow...ok. So we were never truly friends. Friends are supposed to be happy for you regardless of the cause.
Thankfully, I have my hubby, my babies and my entire side of the family for love & support. More importantly I have my freedom to live my life. Anyway, I'm feeling a bit more comfortable on here, so thanks for taking the time to read my experience. Enjoy your Saturday!😉