This reminds me of two cases when I was df'd (back in 1986):
(1) My fellow special pioneer was df'd a few days before me. The very day this happened, he called his mother on the phone. She was a very understanding person, about 60 years old, who couldn't read or write, and a devout JW believer, auxiliary pioneering several months a year. He did not tell her he was df'd, but she felt there was something wrong with him and took the first train to Paris (she lived over 500 kms away). When she eventually realized what had happened, she chose to stay with us, even praying with us, as she felt this was completely unfair and trusted that "Jehovah knew better". When we had to leave our Parisian flat (lent by a JW couple) a few weeks later, she offered us to stay for a month at her home while she was on vacation on her native island of Madeira (so she was not with us when we were there). Well, some time later the elders of her cong. summonned her about what she had done for us, and she was not accepted as an aux. pioneer for several years. A couple of years later she attended her son's wedding in a Baptist Church, and was very friendly to me on this occasion. Afaik she is still a JW, pioneering from time to time. She was one of the best persons I was ever privileged to meet.
(2) In our congregation there was a third special pioneer, a 40 y.o. lady. The three of us used to read the NT together every day and she began questioning many things in the WT teaching. In fact she unwittingly triggered the process of our df'ment by her questions. After we were df'd she couldn't shun us, and we met several times. But she was very troubled and felt the need to confess that to the elders. Well, as a result, and although she eventually stopped seeing us at my suggestion, she also lost her "privilege" for some time, even though she needed her monthly allowance for a living.
The WT sucks.